Volunteers on fast track to wildlife rescue
Many people looking to help animals affected by the spill continue to run into roadblocks. There are plenty of Louisianans willing to help, but they just don't have the proper license to do so.
The State Humane Society wants to change that. After Hurricane Katrina, just about anyone who wanted to volunteer with rebuilding efforts could drive down and get to work. Most of the 150 plus people who were packed into a Jefferson Parish feed store Monday night couldn't get through the red tape to make it to the animals.
The problem is licensing. Normally, the process takes two years, but the animals on the coast can't wait that long. Monday night’s meeting kicked off a three month long process, after which participants will be sub-certified under a Covington rescue agency.
So many people called to participate in Monday's meeting that organizers had to turn some away and schedule a second meeting. If enough people call from the Baton Rouge area, a licensing effort will be offered here.
For information on contacting the Louisiana Humane Society, click here.