Polaroid pictures of dogs who are missing their owners are taped to a wall Sept. 14, 2005, in the Hurricane Katrina Emergency Animal Shelter at Louisiana State University's John M. Parker Coliseum in Baton Rouge.
Rows of cages temporarily housing small dogs spread out across the floor Sept. 14, 2005, in the Hurricane Katrina Emergency Animal Shelter at Louisiana State University. Since the shelter opened during the days following the hurricane, almost 300 pets have already been reunited with their owners although the number of admissions is still surpassing the number of discharged animals.
Animal shelter volunteer Sharon Spann plays with a ShiTzu puppy Sept. 14, 2005, in the Hurricane Katrina Emergency Animal Shelter at Louisiana State University.
A Husky dog rests in its temporary cage Sept. 14, 2005, in the Hurricane Katrina Emergency Animal Shelter at Louisiana State University.
Humane Society volunteer Sheri Evans of Bushnell, Fla., holds Phillips the cat at the Humane Society camp set up at the Jackson County Animal Shelter in Gautier, Miss. The cat was brought in by a Chevron Pascagoula Refinery worker who found the cat hanging upside down to avoid flood waters from Hurricane Katrina.
Humane Society volunteers Dr. Patricia Cheston of Lake Panasoffkee, Fla., center, and Sheri Evans of Bushnell, Fla., comfort Big Boy while veterinarian Ed Sullivan Sr. of Mundelein, Ill., examines a cut on his leg at the Humane Society camp in Gautier, Miss. Annette Stallworth of Moss Point, Miss., brought her black Labrador into the clinic after the dog hurt its leg on storm debris.
Dr. Peggy Champion, Tri County Technical College department head of veterinary technology, gets a doggie kiss from a dog getting a check up at Linda Eller's home in Anderson, S.C., Monday, Sept. 12, 2005. Volunteers from animal group Pets in Peril rescued several dogs in New Orleans, most found in the French Quarter area.
A bull stands in floodwaters south of Port Sulphur, La., on Sept. 12, 2005. Plaquemines Parish, a rural region southeast of New Orleans, was swamped by Hurricane Katrina, with many homes being completely washed away.
Survivors of Hurricane Katrina refuse to leave their pets behind as police and National Guardsman offer evacuation help under an overpass Sept. 6, 2005 in New Orleans, eight days after Katrina devastated the region. Security forces went door-to-door in New Orleans Sept. 6, 2005 telling people to evacuate the homes in which they weathered Hurricane Katrina and its deadly aftermath.
Hurricane Katrina evacuee Debbie Hollis of Biloxi, Miss., holds Louie Sept. 6, 2005, in Little Rock, Ark., one of the Hollis' 17 cats and one dog they brought to Arkansas when they left their home last week because of Hurricane Katrina. Hollis and her family, who are staying in a shelter in Searcy, Ark., visited their pets at the Pulaski County Humane Society shelter in Little Rock.
Peaches, one of 17 cats and one dog belonging to Homer and Debbie Hollis of Biloxi, Miss., sits on a shelf at Pulaski County Humane Society's shelter Sept. 6, 2005, near Little Rock, Ark.
Evacuees from Slidell, La., Valerie Bennett, left, and her husband, Lorne Bennett, hug their dogs Oreo and Lady as they are reunited with their pets at Emory Hospital in Atlanta Sept. 7, 2005. The Bennetts had to leave behind four of their pets in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Brooke Cooley holds Penelope, an 8-week-old kitten, Sept. 8, 2005, in Lufkin, Texas. Brooke, a volunteer with Lufkin's O'Malley Alley Cat Organization, and her family took pet food to Houston over the holiday weekend and returned with two cats and a dog to adopt out. If successful, Cooley said they might return for others.
Stuart Samples, left, and Paul Rusczczyk, both of Atlanta, hose down a search and rescue dog that had been exposed to floodwater in Chalmette, La., Sept. 9, 2005.
Bart Hanks washes one of his pet dogs, Georgia, at the Expo Center Sept. 9, 2005, in Gonzalez, La. Bart had to abandon his home Sept. 3 due to Hurricane Katrina, leaving his animals food in his three-story house in downtown New Orleans. Authorities allowed Bart to return to New Orleans Sept. 9 to rescue his pets.
A rescued dog lies on a blanket near emergency supplies at a mobile rescue center in Waveland, Miss., Sept. 8, 2005. Volunteers have arrived and are looking for stray dogs and cats that are living in terrible conditions. The SPCA in Mobile has set up a site to take the animals they find and care for them.
Tara Golub, with Animal Rescue Need and Intervention of Daytona Beach, Fla., jumps from the back of a pickup truck with a dog she named Ranger Sept. 8, 2005, in Waveland, Miss. Golub took the dog inside the organization's mobile facility after it was among those animals rescued off the hurricane-ravaged streets of Waveland. Many are sick after drinking contaminated water.
Ella sits on the couch in Shreveport, La., Sept. 7, 2005, where she and various other pets are living with their owners after being evacuated from New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Ella and her brother were just adopted from an animal shelter a week before the hurricane hit the Gulf Coast.
A resident of New Orleans, Louisiana tries to leave the city with his pets in a bicycle Sept. 7, 2005. Authorities try to avoid letting people leave town with their pets, and SPCA workers try to convince owners to carry their pets to a special facility outside New Orleans where they can later claim their pets.
Carroll Zehner kisses her pet Guinea Pig after returning home Sept. 5, 2005, in Old Metairie, La. Residents of Jefferson Parish who fleed from Hurricane Katrina were allowed to return home Monday for the first time since the storm.