From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November 1995:
Hurricanes pounding the Caribbean in September and early
October had humane rescue teams hopping.
Gerardo Huertas of the World Society for the Protection of
Animals’ Costa Rica office reported that the worst damage from
Hurricane Marilyn was on St. Maarten, where 12 Animal Welfare
Foundation volunteers expected to spend four to six weeks catching and
caring for abandoned dogs. Learning that dogs not reunited with owners
would be shot, Huertas gave the AWF 500 doses of pentobarbital
euthanasia solution, along with antibiotics and other veterinary supplies,
and arranged for dog food deliveries. Huertas also set up a relief effort
for the Antigua and Barbuda Humane Society, which had no shelter
even before Marilyn. He said he saw 72 homeless dogs foraging for food
around dawn in the Antigua hotel district, along with “many mongooses
feeding on corpses of dead animals.” About 12,000 chickens were killed
or released by the destruction of poultry barns. Cattle, sheep, and donkeys
were temporarily left to wander, but the ABHS took in 26 llamas.
The American Humane Association evacuated 15 dogs and cats
from the roofless St. Thomas Humane Society on September 28, while
Hills Pet Foods shipped nine tons of food to St. Thomas.
United Animal Nations cleaned up after Hurricane Opal,
which ripped through the Barrier Islands along the Florida Gulf Coast.
Led by Terri Crisp, the UAN team picked up more than 100 pets in three
days, working out of the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society shelter in
Fort Walton Beach.
Donations toward the relief work are welcomed by WSPA at
POB 190, Boston, MA 02130; AHA at 63 Inverness Drive East,
Englewood, CO 80112-5117; and UAN at POB 188890, Sacramento,