My friend phoned late last night (Wednesday) — he and his dog got out of New Orleans okay.

Here is a list of « FEMA-approved relief organizations » if you are interested in donating to the effort to save the glorious city of New Orleans, which from the looks of things is descending into unimaginable chaos.

Another story, one that is understandably going untold with everything else that’s going on, is the fate of the animals in the region. « Noah’s Wish » is an organization dedicated to saving and helping animals in disaster zones. Consider donating to them or helping in other ways. (Thanks to « A Socialite’s Life » for these links.)