SACRAMENTO (November 13, 2005) – Two representatives from United Animal Nations (UAN) will join a multi-agency assessment team to evaluate the post-Hurricane Katrina status of animals in New Orleans.
The assessment team, coordinated by the Louisiana SPCA (LA/SPCA), will comprise two professionals each from UAN, the Humane Society of the United States, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Best Friends Animal Society, American Humane Association and the U.S. Public Health Services. The Louisiana Animal Control Association and the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators may participate as well.
Representing UAN will be EARS National Director Kay Mayfield, a firefighter and veterinary technician from Apple Valley, California, and Cindy Walden, an animal control officer from Loomis, California.
“The goal of the assessment team is to obtain accurate and objective information needed to effectively plan for the continued recovery of New Orleans animals,” said Jennifer Fearing, UAN president and CEO. “Between the two of them, Kay and Cindy have more than 15 years and 30 disasters under their belts. They will bring significant expertise and compassion to this effort.”
On Tuesday, November 15, two-person teams will deploy to different sections of the city to collect detailed data for two days and nights. The LA/SPCA will analyze the results so they can tailor current operations to suit the needs of the animals and citizens in the New Orleans community.
Founded in 1987, UAN is the nation’s leading provider of emergency animal sheltering and disaster relief services and a key advocate for the critical needs of animals.