In response to the recent “Building a better humane society” article:

Our humane society is grateful for the story, written by Christine Gacharna, that described our Barkitecture Competition (dog house building contest) and pledge walk at Lakeside Mall, sponsored by First Bank and Trust.

In the story, I was quoted as saying that after Hurricane Katrina, national humane agencies did not share the funds they raised from the public. A more accurate statement would have been that they did not distribute the funds equitably. Some groups in Louisiana and Mississippi that lost their shelters and facilities received millions of dollars in disaster relief aid from the national humane organizations, while others received next to nothing.

We believe that public or government oversight is needed to ensure that the funds raised during natural disasters are fairly and equitably distributed to all affected agencies.

Jeff Dorson


New Orleans