Frank Cox's son Chris - sends us a journal ~ he's a volunteer who has been doing animal rescue
I had a very busy time in the south.
I started out Saturday night the 1st on my flight that left sea tac at
10:30pm. After three flights and two layovers later I got to the
Forrest Creek events center in Hattiesburg MS around 11:00am. I pitched
my tent and went right to work walking the remaining dogs they had left
there which were about 20 dogs. I finally had to sleep and went to bed
The next morning I woke up at 5:30am and walked all the dogs for their
morning walk. It was cool to see people coming to get there pets and
adopt others. This shelter was being closed down and I worked to get
everything packed up and helped load big containers with pallets of
supplies to be dispersed out to locations for the next disaster,
something that hasn't been done before. With things winding down I was
looking to take off to another shelter.
I started again walking the remaining dogs which was down to 4 not
including other barns that had a mix of puppies and aggressive dogs. It
was kind of sad to come to the barn every morning and see empty
kennels. All I know is that they were being taken to other smaller
shelters for adoption. I made plans to get a ride to Gonzales LA. I
worked in the warehouse until about noon when I caught a ride in an RV
with some nice folks from Minnesota. We had to go a long way around
because of bridges that were out in LA. We got to Gonzales which had
about 600 animals. I pitched my tent and we had time to kill before the
10:00pm briefing. At the meeting they were getting groups of people to
go into New Orleans on rescue missions.
I woke up at 5:00am to pack up for the morning meeting expecting to go
out on rescue missions. They expressed an urgent need of volunteers out
at the Pasado shelter. I was wondering if Pasado was the name of the
town or the Pasado Safe Heaven organization in Seattle which it was. I
caught a ride with three women from New Mexico, New York, and
Pennsylvania. It was about a 90 mile drive out to a farm that was being
turned in to a temporary shelter. Before my foot hit the ground a girl
was shouting for help. I ran over and helped restrain a dog that was
getting a bath. After that I was walking dog's constantly one cage
after another they had been waiting a while and were happy to get out.
There were some people that meant well but were not able to control the
dogs which were mostly fighter pit bulls. I was shocked because at the
end of the day they told all of the volunteers to leave and I didn't
think they had the people to handle the number of animals left there.
People were pissed and tensions were running high. We left back for
Gonzales and had to wait for the next briefing at 10:00pm. I proceeded
to have many drinks with the people turned away. At the meeting they
didn't have any great explanations for what happened at Pasado and
asked for people to meet in the morning for more missions to New
Orleans. Lots of political BS and egos running the show.
I went to the 5:30am meeting and decided I better start my way back to
Hattiesburg after they announced that the Gonzalez shelter was closing.
There were still many people going thru the streets of New Orleans on
feeding missions and only picking up animals in critical need.
There were no rental cars available so I got a ride into Baton Rouge to
the Greyhound bus station. It was pretty scary because it was like
being dropped off in South Central LA after the riots. I went in got my
ticket and it was 11:00am and my bus didn't leave til 1:45am. I went
back outside and caught a cab to anywhere else but that part of town. I
got the driver to take me to a riverboat casino on the Mississippi
river. I had a lot of time to kill till my bus ride. I went to the bar
and everyone there had wristbands on I could tell they were all
refugees. There was a shelter next door with 5600 people that lost
everything. I was telling a couple about how I was waiting to get a
greyhound bus back to Hattiesburg and they were like from the station
on Florida street? I said yes and they were like watch your back that's
a f'd up part of town. They said to stay in the station because it's a
big crack neighborhood.
DAY6 and 7
I got back to the bus stop and got on the bus with no trouble and had
an all night trip to Mobil Alabama, down thru Gulfport, and back up to
Hattiesburg. I got there at 10:30am the next day and started to try and
find a motel. They were all booked until December. I lucked out and
found a motel six with a room for the night. I hung around there until
my flight out the next morning. I woke up at 4:30am and got home at
I wasn't able to take a lot of pictures and mostly tried while I was walking dogs so here are the best ones I shot.