Boca Raton Animal Rescue Team Assists in Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts

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Hurricane relief donations are requested to assist animal recovery missions

A response team made up of South Floridians is organizing a series of animal recovery efforts to assist dogs and cats in the area affected by Hurricane Katrina. It is estimated that over 250,000 animals have been displaced by the catastrophic hurricane and many dogs and cats are in desperate need of medical care and a place to call home.

"When we return with these dogs, we will give them a home until we find their owners or permanent forever homes, no matter how long it takes," said Jamie Michael, the founder of Rescue Rehab Home ( “We are supporting the efforts of an international organization Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS). Our animal rescue team is leaving this week to pick up some of the 175 dogs and cats at an animal hospital/shelter in Metairie, Louisiana where there is extensive flooding. We will transfer them to our animal rescue facility here in Boca Raton. Our hurricane relief efforts will continue to get stranded animals out of the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, and provide medical assistance and safe homes to these dogs and cats.”

The entire hurricane relief effort is funded by animal rescue donations. It will be a costly undertaking to arrange air transportation for aid givers, to lease a camper, and to care for abandoned dogs and cats until the pets owners or a permanent forever homes can be found. The main need is for cash donations; as well donations of Polaroid film and cameras to help owners locate their missing pets, folding crates and towels to help transfer the animals are requested. The animal rescue team has already had tremendous help from local companies and individuals. 1-800-PetMeds has donated Advantage, Frontline, Antibiotics and Medicated Shampoo.

How you can help Hurricane Katrina relief efforts:

• Secure Internet Donations
• Telephone donations 561-241-3977

• Donations of Polaroid film and cameras to help owners locate their missing pets, folding crates, towels and dog food can be dropped off at PetLover Central Boca Valley Plaza, 7491 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton (next to Publix north of Yamato Rd).

About Rescue Rehab Home

Rescue Rehab Home is devoted to the care of injured, neglected or discarded dogs. Our motto is “Saving one dog at a time.” Our animal rescue team provides medical care, shelter and socialization with a goal of finding forever homes for every dog.

Our rescued dogs will always receive:

  • A warm and comfy place to sleep and live
  • Constant human interaction and supervision
  • Hours of exercise play each day with humans and/or other friendly dogs
  • On call care from a licensed DVM
  • The healthiest holistic food and supplements
  • Regular assessments from an animal behaviorist and a trainer
  • Veterinary care

Rescue Rehab Home is completely funded by animal rescue donations from private individuals and companies. Sponsors include who have provided pet medications, Ten Golden Rules who have provided a web optimized press release, PetLover Central will provide cageless dog daycare and Wheels of Boca 561-391-4662 assisted with transportation. Animal rescue donations can be made to Rescue Rehab Home at 561-241-3977

About The Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS)

The Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) began filling this void over 15 years ago, responding to wild fires, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes to care for the animals. When EARS arrives, trained volunteers rescue, shelter, feed, groom, exercise and provide TLC for any displaced companion animals, wildlife and livestock during the duration of a disaster with no charge to the community.

With over 2,000 trained volunteers nationwide, EARS is ready to respond to disasters anywhere in the United States within 24 hours.

Media Contacts:

Jay Berkowitz 561-716-1334

Jamie Michael, 561-241-3977


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