According to Pit Bull Rescue Central, at last count there were 768 pit bulls at the temporary shelter in Gonzales Louisiana. But certainly there are more. And that's not counting the ones still left in abandoned homes or housed at some of the other shelters that have been established througout the state.
Needless to say, I'm worried about what will happen to these dogs. Many of the other shelters willing to displaced animals will not take pit bulls, and if they do, these dogs are likely to be the first to be put to sleep. It is easier, apparently, than doing the work of finding them a responsible home. For this reason, several organizations are mobilizing to provide the neccessary care for these dogs.
Pit Bull Rescue Central has established a fund for pit bulls orphaned by Katrina. You can contribute at the Pit Bull Rescue Central Katrina Fund. And, if you are strong enough, you can view some of these wonderful animals from the Gonzales shelter.. Some the photos are hard to take: one puppy is so starved that it can't even stand on its own at the water bowl.
Bad Rap, a terrific San Francisco based organization, has also sent a team of people to Louisiana. For information on their activities, you can visit www.badrap.org, where they are selling a special t-shirt to help raise money for my friends at the LA-SPCA.