(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.
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Pets can be the most comforting in difficult times. Happy that this shelter has allowed displaced people to take their fur babies with them. Pic by Deborah Burst #repost . . . "Talk about a picture worth a thousand words from the #LouisianaFlood. This is Celtic Center in Baton Rouge which houses thousands of people with flooded homes. Thousands bedding with their pets. If you wonder why I keep posting these pictures, we need an army of volunteers. In the governor's press conference today, they explained they need organizations that can send large groups. Like faith-based groups. They appreciate the locals coming in, but this is a Katrina-type disaster and we need masses of volunteers. Most did not have flood insurance because they were not in a flood zone. Please share, especially those out of state. Send your groups to http://www.volunteerlouisiana.gov #prayforlouisiana #animalrescue #rescue #dogs #responsiblepetownership #loveanimals #savealife #louisiana #pets
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Help still needed for flood victims and pets! Please read below. #repost from Louisiana Humane Society. Photo unknown. URGENT FLOOD RELIEF – Volunteers on the ground need GatorAid, water, soft drinks – DRINKS OF ALL KIND ASAP at the Livingston Parish Animal Shelter, headquarters for our parish disaster relief work. Food and drinks for volunteers on the ground will be an ongoing need. We are already OVERWHELMED by your generous donations of animal food, treats, etc., so PLEASE consider monetary donations to www.HumaneLA.org which are greatly needed for vet bills, fuel, equipment, security, rentals (port a lets, storage containers, etc.) animal transports, volunteer expenses etc. If you have already purchased/collected animal food/supplies THANK YOU – we will make sure they get to animals in need. Please message us so that we may direct you to another shelter/rescue in need (If that is not a possibility, you can drop off and we will arrange to transport to another facility.) Volunteers are particularly needed who can come in consistently for the next week (or weeks) to assist with hands-on animal care and be trained to perform specific duties. If you have animal control/vet tech or related experience, please send your resume to [email protected] as we are also hiring shelter support staff to work for at least the next month. #HumaneLA #Louisianafloods #Livingstonparish #HumaneSocietyofLouisiana https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/lafloodrescue #prayforlouisiana #dogs #pets @slapinator2 @michsygold #dogs #loveanimals #savealife #animalheroresponsiblepetownership #petsarefamily @barkfifthave
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Help is still urgently needed for flood victims! We got a report from a rescue in South Louisiana that people's pets are starving! They have no money to feed them. Many donations are coming into the rescues but not being distributed to citizens. You can donate to APAWS http://apawspets.org and they will get food in the hands of pet owners who need it! We are also loading up a POD to send down on Tuesday, but it sounds like they can't wait till then! Our PayPal is [email protected] If you donate to be sure to write 'flood victims food drive' in the notes. Pic by Michelle Brignac #repost #prayforlouisiana #floods #louisiana #animalerescue #crosspost #pets #dogs #animalhero #donate #petsarefamily #help #dogsofinstagram #pup #animals @slapinator2 @barkfifthave @michsygold @animalleague @bestfriendsanimalsociety @chickensouppets @purina @proplan @proplancat @iams
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This is the current scene at the @denhamspringsanimalshelter. Luckily, these animals were rescued! But The flooding is bad! And the media isn't covering it! Please keep these people and animals in your thoughts and prayers! If you would like to donate visit the Denham Springs Animal Shelters Facebook page! #louisianaflood #animalrescue #dogs #animalshelter #help #pleaserepost @vox_silentii @bestfriendsanimalsociety @rockykanaka @canidaepetfood @purinacatchow @proplan @proplancat @purina @iams
In the dramatic footage below, witness a woman and her dog as they are rescued from a car as Louisiana floodwaters swallowed the vehicle.