Meera Nandlal - Public Relations Manager (2008-2012)
Hurricane Katrina relief efforts
The Houston SPCA served as the coordinator of relief efforts for animals trapped in New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Many of the animals rescued in New Orleans were shipped to Houston's holding facilities for eventual reunions with their owners who had also been evacuated to Houston. The rescue efforts were featured on a 2005 Animal Planet special called Animal Planet Heroes: Hurricane Rescues.
In the fall of 2005, the staff of the Houston SPCA also assisted with the rescue of animals from the wreckage caused by Hurricane Rita along the Texas Gulf Coast. Debby MacDonald and Mark Ramos, investigators with the Michigan Humane Society, featured in Animal Cops: Detroit, went down from Detroit, Michigan, to assist their fellow investigators in the recovery; their contributions were featured in a special episode of Animal Cops: Houston in 2006.
Awards and nominations
In 2005, Animal Cops Houston won a Genesis Award in the reality programming category.