Saturday, September 3, 2005

Humane Aid

Not to take away from the people in need of support, keep in mind that many had to leave their beloved pets behind, not to mention the suffering of the stray and ownerless animals in the hurricane area. If you would like to make a donation to assist in the humane efforts, you might consider these:

The ASPCA has a Katrina Disater fund to help rebuild animal shelters impacted by the hurricane.

Noah's Wish is an all-volunteer group devoted exclusively to rescuing and sheltering animals during disasters.

And the ever-popular Alley Cat Allies is friend to friendless stray and feral cats.

In addition, I imagine the USHS (US Humane Society) and local SPCAs in Mississippi and Louisiana are responding to the need as well.

Friday, September 2, 2005

Autumn's coming

There was frost on the deck this morning. I guess that explains why Lola and Tiny joined us on the bed last night. I turned the house heat up to 65 this morning and the furnace immediately kicked on for the first time in weeks. As the sun rose and warmed the air, the birds were out in force around the back yard. A varied thrush explored the area around the wood pile and I even saw a spruce hen (spruce grouse) in a small tree in the back lot.