- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 14, 2006


Pets rescued from Hurricane Katrina will be featured in a special Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.

Best Friends Animal Society will showcase several Katrina dogs in its “Barkus” parade Sunday, a Mardi Gras parade dedicated to dogs.

The society said it will end its storm-related animal rescue efforts this month.

“The number of displaced Katrina pets being brought in to our rescue center has dropped from up to 40 a day in late December to as few as five a day now, so we will be able to end trapping efforts within a week,” said Michael Mountain, president of Best Friends. “And even though large areas are still devastated, the people of New Orleans are reclaiming their city more and more each day.”

Last weekend, the society held a Pet Adoption Festival in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie.

When Hurricane Katrina pummeled the Gulf Coast, it launched humane groups into the most massive animal-rescue effort ever. Best Friends rescued about 4,000 of the estimated 16,000 animals rescued by the combined efforts of humane groups across the country.

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