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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 21, 2005

Local Donations Help UI Student Provide Aid For New Orleans Pets

A University of Iowa student was among a group that recently traveled to the Gulf Coast region to help pets left stranded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and returned with several animals that need new homes in Iowa.

Brian Powers, a UI law student and member of the UI College of Law's Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, and three local residents visited animal shelters in New Orleans and Tylertown, Miss., bringing with them two vans full of supplies donated by Iowa City donors and businesses, including collapsible pet crates, rubbing alcohol, food containers, toys and bleach. Law student Kate Bruno and law professor Josephine Gittler coordinated the visit and helped secure donations.

The students first stopped at New Orleans Sept. 15, unloading their supplies at an abandoned grocery store converted into a makeshift animal shelter. They also visited a nearby neighborhood and rescued several starving dogs and cats abandoned in mud-filled yards. They rounded up the animals and brought them back to the shelter to be cleaned and checked by a veterinarian.

The next day, at the shelter in Mississippi, they picked up several cats, dogs and even three cockatiels that needed new homes and returned to Iowa with them. Upon returning, they were dropped off at the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center Sept. 17.

Many area businesses donated supplies to the animal rescue mission, including Brenneman Seed and Pet Center, The Hounds Tooth, Hy-Vee food store locations in Coralville and Waterfront Drive, Paul's of Iowa City and Petland. In addition, the law school community and university community donated collapsible wire cages and towels, and contributed monetary donations towards the effort to rescue endangered animals in Louisiana.

UI Executive Vice President and Provost Michael Hogan is coordinating UI efforts to support those affected by Hurricane Katrina. The most current information regarding UI relief efforts is available online,

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,