Donating to HSUS is a great idea. I am in Chicago and the animal shelter that I volunteer for is also coordinating an effort with Louisiana State University Vet School and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Terry, Mississippi. They are soliciting donations of money and of requested supplies. If anybody is in the Chicago area and would like info about donating, please pm me. (The shelter is called Red Door and is online at www.reddoorshelter.org if you're interested.)
Thanks for thinking of the animal victims everyone!