"Joseph Barns, right, carries his cat Patches on his shoulder as he is evacuated from the Superdome in New Orleans Saturday afternoon."
Some Katrina survivors managed the miracle of saving their pets as well as themselves -- a reminder, we think, that not everyone behaves like animals. Since many shelters don't allow four-legged evacuees, please consider giving to one of the organizations that assists pet owners and their companions.
• The ASPCA is creating a database to connect abandoned pets with their displaced owners and is trying to coordinate temporary shelter space and rescues missions.
UPDATE: Joseph and Patches earlier. We're really happy they made it.
ALSO: More places to help animals and their humans:
• Best Friends Animal Society Hurricane Relief Fund, 435-644-2001 ext. 104.
• Humane Society of the United States Disaster Animal Response Team, 800-HUMANE-1.
And, not that you needed more reasons to give, but this broke our hearts for the hundredth or so time today:
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals picked up two cats and 15 dogs, including one Kennedy found tied up beneath the overpass next to an unopened can of dog food with a sign that read, "Please take care of my dog, his name is Chucky."[AP/CNN]