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These are kittens I fostered in 2004 for HART. An urgent plea for help from HART follows. If you live in Northern Virginia you might be able to help. If you do not live in Northern Virginia and would like to help you can look for a local rescue group working with the animals displaced by Katrina:



In response to the tragic events caused by Hurricane Katrina, a team of HART volunteers will travel to the affected area this Friday to bring back displaced pets. It is our hope to provide temporary safe haven and eventually reunite these unfortunate animals with their families or, where necessary, find them new homes. To that end, HART has an immediate and urgent need for:


- foster homes for cats and dogs;

- crates to use in transporting animals; and

- medical and other pet supplies.


Each of you can make a huge difference in the lives of these pets and their families, the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Here's how . . .


- FOSTER a cat or dog for a couple of months!


We desperately need more fosters to accommodate the additional cats and dogs we will bring back from the stricken areas. Whether you foster an existing HART pet to make room for Katrina's victims, or whether you take in a displaced animal, you allow HART to make a difference! You alone determine how many animals we can help this weekend! If you can foster, please send an e-mail to . While in foster, HART will provide funds for all medical expenses. (Special thanks to the fosters who have already come forward! You are already making a difference!)


- Donate transport crates. If you do not have a used crate you can spare, consider purchasing a new one. We need these crates by the end of the day, this Thursday, September 15, for our transport on Friday. Think about it, one life at a time, you can make a difference just by providing HART with one crate.


- Donate medical and other pet supplies. Please donate canned and dry pet food, leashes, collars, towels, comforters, and other supplies. Especially, ask your vet to donate any kind of medical supplies that might be helpful in this type situation, such as flea/tick treatment, bandages, antibiotics, etc..


Please help. We must have these items to succeed with our Friday transport!


And, if you can't foster or drop off supplies, we still really, really need your financial support! With extra funds we can secure additional boarding at local vets and help more victims of Katrina. Visit to donate.


There are so many ways to help. Whatever you do, do something!


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Taken on March 5, 2004