The Garnicas have not seen their dog since he was taken from them. Before leaving Louisiana for Long Beach, California, where friends offered them a place to stay, they searched Baton Rouge animal shelters with no luck thinking their beloved pet was gone forever.
But, using a database of missing pets, officials from IFAW tracked Benetting down at an emergency animal shelter set up at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge.
"Reuniting families -- like the Garnicas -- with their pets brings a ray of hope to their shattered lives," said IFAW's Program Director A.J. Cady. "Many hurricane survivors have told us they could deal with the hurricane, with the floods, and with losing their homes, but they could not bear losing their family pet -- whether it was their dog, cat, horse, ferret or even pig."
IFAW has had teams on the ground since Hurricane Katrina hit, carrying out animal rescues, setting up temporary shelters, organizing mass animal transports, and helping families to reunite with their companion animals. IFAW teams also continue search and rescues in the wake of Hurricane Rita. Please help IFAW continue this vital work that brings hope to those in need, visit www.ifaw.org or phone 1-800-932-IFAW (4329) and support IFAW today.