Katrina's Animals

05/25/2011 11:45 am ET
  • Ingrid Newkirk President and co-founder, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Even when they're rescued, "Katrina animals" will not be out of the woods (or water). One of PETA's rescue workers described the condition of some dogs she is pulling out of wrecked houses and pens as "demented." After the noise, the wind, the water, the starvation, the lack of water, the terror, the confusion, most Katrina dogs and cats end up in a huge compound, stuck in a crate, surrounded by strangers, their
future uncertain. Some people are adopting them, but new human companions need to come to grips with the fact that adoption in these cases means dealing patiently and over the long haul with these animals' deep trauma - something that can't be washed away with the filth on their fur