(ANIMAL RESCUE/ACTIVISM) Last month, the United States witnessed the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy when prolonged rainfall and catastrophic flooding devastated parts of southern Louisiana.
The historic and unprecedented event was quickly declared a state of emergency as it submerged thousands of homes and businesses, displacing thousands of residents and their pets.
Fortunately, rescue organizations–both local and national–have banded together to help animals in need following the disaster.
Thanks to generous donors like you, we are thrilled to announce that we’ve sent another $1,000 from the Louisiana Flooding Relief Fund.
These funds are being dispersed between Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge (CAABR) and the Humane Society of Louisiana (HSL) to assist with shelter expenses, providing veterinary care, and reuniting lost pets with their families.
Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge (CAABR) took in 650 animals during and after the flood–averaging about 28 per day–and is doing a fantastic job of keeping them healthy, safe, and well-fed.
The organization has successfully reunited over 125 animals with their guardians so far, and continues to update and post pictures of lost pets on their website and Facebook page. (View Their Album of Found Pets Being Cared for in Homes)
“We owe a great deal to the many caring individuals who have posted pictures and messages on their social media sites to help connect these animals with their owners,” said Executive Director Beth Brewster.
“It is very gratifying to our volunteers and staff to witness the moment when a lost pet is finally reunited with their owner.”
Due to limited space, CAABR collaborated with local shelters, foster homes, as well as additional off-site facilities in order to board all of the incoming animals.
CAABR has also placed more than 150 animals in foster homes and more than 100 in additional offsite facilities.
If the animals are not reclaimed, the rescue will have to face the difficult decision of placing some of them up for adoption.
“We want pets to stay with their families!” CAABR urges. “If you’re missing your animal, please come see us today ASAP!”
CAABR is located at 2680 Progress Rd. in Baton Rouge. If you have any questions, please call (225) 774-7701. Anyone who would like to donate or volunteer can visit the CAA’s website.
Meanwhile, the Humane Society of Louisiana (HSL) has also helped rescue more than 500 animals during the disaster.
With the help of local veterinarians, rescue groups, and parish workers, HSL is successfully providing shelter to homeless animals, and reuniting pets with their guardians. Many of these animals were also being housed at the Livingston shelter.
Given the choice to cease operations or find another site within 72 hours to relocate the animals, Executive Director Jeff Dorson and a team of volunteers worked over Labor Day weekend to set up the Humane Society of Louisiana Disaster Relief Shelter at the Florida Parish Arena.
“The choice was easy,” said Dorson. “We owe it to the animal victims of this terrible disaster to keep working tirelessly on their behalf.”
HSL operations will continue at the new location with the help of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue from Asheville, North Carolina.
“Thank you so much for the two recent generous donations from the Global Animal Foundation! We sincerely appreciate your concern and the generosity of your donors!” said Dorson.
“Your most recent gift will support the operations of our newly opened Disaster Relief Center for Pets which we established in Amite, only 45 minutes from the hardest hit area, Livingston. Here, animals will be vetted, cared for and allowed to rest and recover, before going to their new homes.”
The new facility will allow the rescue to continue taking in more animals who cannot be cared for by those affected by the disaster. Unfortunately, given the severity of the flood damage, many have been forced to surrender their pets or ask for temporary housing.
If you are looking for a pet lost in the flood, or if you have lost your home and need assistance with caring for your animals as you recover, please email HSL at [email protected].
Animals in Louisiana Still Need Our Help!
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.