(ACTIVISM/TAKE ACTION) In what’s being described as the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy, recent catastrophic flooding in Louisiana damaged or destroyed as many as 70,000 homes, displacing thousands of residents and their pets.
Rescue organizations across the nation are banding together in a race against time to help animals left behind in the disaster.
So far more than 600 animals have been rescued, and groups are working hard to help these animals become healthy again and reunite pets with their families or find them new homes.
Thanks to Global Animal donors like you, so far we’ve distributed over $1,200 to help animals affected by the floods.
In an agreement with the hard-hit Livingston Parish Animal Shelter, all animal-control efforts during the flood recovery are being directed by the grassroots New-Orleans based charity, the Humane Society of Louisiana (no affiliation with any national organization).
HSL is currently picking up stray animals and those who escaped or fled homes during the flooding, providing animals with care and medical attention, and transporting animals to established emergency shelters.
The charity set up headquarters at the Livingston Parish Animal Shelter and is collaborating with local and national groups to save animals in need.
“Of the many challenges we’ve faced, this may be our biggest to date,” says HSL Executive Director and founder, Jeff Dorson.
“What we really need is support for the massive rescue and relief effort we’ve established. We’ve already spent and committed tens of thousands of dollars to save lives. We’re also inundated by requests for help from small local groups, who we’re trying to help to the best of our ability. Such a vast area has been devastated by the flooding, so the need is staggering.”
The HSL has witnessed incredible survival stories against the odds every day including the discovery and rescue of dogs who had been locked in crates since the flooding, as well as the rescue of two cats who inexplicably survived inside a flooded trailer.
The animal first-responders have also helped birds, wildlife, a pig and multiple species of animals in distress.
“Groups have rushed animals to local vets and are caring for others at the ever-expanding camp of more than 130 animals,” says HSL.
“While many homeless, adoption-ready animals were transferred to agencies out of state for adoption, Livingston parish animals are being held for 45 days, both at the shelter and in foster homes, to give families a chance to reclaim them,” says HSL.
The HSL video clip below features many of the animal survivors and the tireless HSL crew, volunteers, and members of their partner organizations working together on the ground to save animals in need.
Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge is also helping affected animals by serving as a temporary emergency shelter for evacuees’ pets. The group is diligently posting animals’ photos on their Facebook page in an attempt to find their families.
While the group focuses on trying to reunite pets with their previous homes, these animals are not available for adoption and are being held for 10 to 30 days.
Animals in Louisiana Still Need Our Help!
While there are countless abandoned animals in the aftermath, there is no room available at animal shelters. And as flood waters have receded, many terrified pets are only now emerging from hiding.
Unfortunately with more than 2,600 people living in shelters due to the severe flooding, the disaster has yet to reach a point in recovery where pet parents are able to claim their pets.
Housing these animals is becoming increasingly dire, especially considering many Louisiana animal shelters were destroyed during the tragedy as well.
During this time, there is a push to get dogs adopted who were previously in the shelter to help make space for new arrivals.
Global Animal Foundation continues to accept donations to help animals affected by the Louisiana flooding. With countless animals left unclaimed and in need of care, these disaster relief programs need your help more than ever.
Without the help of concerned Global Animals, these organizations are unable to make such a strong difference and help animals affected by natural disasters like these.
Thank you once again, Global Animal readers! Your compassion in action and support of Global Animal Foundation is saving the lives of animals in crisis.
In the dramatic footage below, witness a woman and her dog as they are rescued from a car as Louisiana floodwaters swallowed the vehicle.