Adopt a Pet
If you're an animal lover, this may be the right way you can help out. Years from now, when the hurricane's effects have come and gone (if the American government puts forth a half-competent effort at helping the victims), you can still feel good about adopting an animal.
I adopted 2 kittens I found on Petfinder.com earlier this year and they are a dream come true. They were given foster homes by a Wisconsin group called Angel's Wish and their foster parents were able to tell me a lot about their personalities and habits so I could pick two kittens who were compatible with me.
Here are links to an expanded list of animal welfare agencies that are contributing to the emergency rescue efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina:
THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES
You can get a web banner, linking to the HSUS Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, for your own web site or blog here
AMERICAN HUMANE SOCIETY
Visit their Animal Welfare Disaster/Emergency Response Resources
LOUISIANA SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL FOUNDATION
BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY
NORTH SHORE ANIMAL LEAGUE AMERICA
UNITED ANIMAL NATIONS