Notes from a N’awlins evacuee

I “met” Ray Whiting on-line about 9 years ago when I joined the Scribe Tribe, then a group dedicated to the art of journaling. He was the “other” token gay man in the group besides me. He has lived for many years in New Orleans and I learned through a friend (who still keeps in touch with him) that when Katrina hit he had not evacuated, primarily because he refused to leave without his dog, Hazel. Through the days that followed, we waited in horror as little bits and pieces of Ray’s story would get to us through his cell phone calls to his daughter in Houston. Ray has finally been evacuated to Houston to be with his family. He’s got a blog up and he’s writing frequently. He has much to say and many stories to tell. If you want to read some of them, go to his site,

Pet Loss and Grief Resources

Here is the list of resources published in a local pet lover’s newspaper:

Animal Humane Society Pet Loss Support Group – 763-522-4325

ASPCA National Pet Loss Hotline (24 hours a day)
Enter PIN #104-7211 then your phone number. The call will be returned promptly.

College of Vet Medicine at University of IL/C.A.R.E. Pet Loss Helpline

Grief Recovery Hotline

Iowa State University Pet Loss Support Hotline

UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, Pet Loss Support Hotline

Animal Love and Loss Network

Animals in Our Hearts

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

Argus Institute for Families and Vet Medicine

Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline

Eternal Animals

Gardens of Memory

Grief Healing

In Memory of Pets

Kindred Spirits

Pet Loss

The Pet Loss Grief Support Website and Candle Ceremony

Rainbow Pet Memorial

I can’t vouch for any of these sites – I haven’t checked them out yet. Just thought I would share them in case you or anyone you know might benefit from this info.