Petmate Trucks Hurricane Support to Louisiana Pets

The pet products manufacturer is joining a the effort to care for displaced animals.

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September 23, 2005
The pet products manufacturer is joining a national effort to care for displaced animals with a full container load of portable kennels, litter pans and feeding and watering bowls. Petmate shipped the 24 pallets of products from its Arlington, Texas plant to a Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA-SPCA) pet relief site in Gonzales, Louisiana. The LA-SPCA is heading the area-wide rescue with support from national disaster response groups and shelters throughout the U.S.

The company chose the LA-SPCA relief shelter as the donation recipient because it is the evacuation location for stray companion animals rescued in the greater New Orleans area. The site is also the temporary home to pets belonging to some 25,000 Superdome evacuees. According to the U.S. Humane Society, the shelter is currently housing some 800 pets and rescued strays plucked from the murky floodwater.

Our hearts go out to the people and pets of New Orleans and all areas suffering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina, says Gary Baughman, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Petmates parent company, Doskocil Manufacturing. We hope our support can help in the relocation and rescue of the companion animals impacted by this natural disaster.

The need, like the destruction, is great. And while there is no official estimate, it has been forecast that in New Orleans alone, as many as 900,000 dogs and cats could have been displaced by the devastating storm.

Corporate gifts and individual donations are needed and welcomed by the Louisiana SPCA and the Humane Society of the United States. Contributors may donate online to the LA-ASPCA or to HSUS.

Petmate® is a company that encourages responsible pet ownership through the marketing of quality pet products with a focus on safety, training and transport. Call 1-877-PETMATE or visit Petmate's web site for more information.

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