Preventing all creatures great and small from perishing in Louisiana’s parishes

By on August 17, 2016 with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

Right in the middle of the 2016 hurricane season, a slow-moving low-pressure weather system has dumped as much as two feet of rain on numerous Louisiana parishes in just a 48-hour period causing massive flooding, homelessness, and an endless series of crises for people and animals. The HSUS, along with a number of regional and national organizations, is on the ground, helping at this dire time in Louisiana.

This is not a new playing field for us, sadly. We had a leading role in the Katrina response more than a decade ago, and our Louisiana state director, Julia Breaux, works with state agencies, shelters, and other partners on preparedness, policy solutions, and direct care for animals. After Katrina struck, we spent tens of millions of dollars there to improve humane infrastructure and generate other lasting benefits. We continue to support key institutions like the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine and a prison-based animal shelter at the Dixon Correctional Institute in the parish of East Feliciana. We’ve never left the state, and that’s one reason why we’re seamlessly on the ground now during this disaster.

One of the many dogs rescued from the flood waters in Louisiana who is now on his way to safety.

One of the many dogs rescued from the flood waters in Louisiana who is now on his way to safety. Photo by Tyler Kaufman/AP Images for The HSUS

Yesterday, The HSUS assisted in the transport of pre-storm dogs from Companion Animal Alliance in Baton Rouge to create more space for the influx of displaced animals coming in. Today, we’re doing the same thing with pre-storm animals from the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter in Marrero. The HSUS is also collaborating with Jefferson Parish on the rescue of animals caught in flood waters in neighboring parishes. On our first day of rescue with Jefferson Parish we assisted a dozen animals stranded from flood waters.

The animals are moving to HSUS Emergency Placement Partners in Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, and Oklahoma where they will become available for adoption into loving homes. And on Thursday, The HSUS will assist with the transport of more than 30 dogs from Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society, damaged by heavy rain and flooding, to the Humane Society of Saline County in Arkansas where they too will be available for adoption.

We have a strong debt of gratitude to our friends at PetSmart Charities and for their generous support of our Louisiana deployment. They’ve been longtime partners in our disaster response work and their contributions make possible our continuing ability to respond when animals are threatened by natural disasters or human neglect. In this case, animals at risk are safe and waiting for return or adoption to loving homes and to the people who care for them.

Please consider making a donation to our Disaster Relief Fund so we can continue to help animals in disaster-affected areas»»

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  1. Heike Karimzadeh says:

    Blessings for all heroes,they are involved in the rescue actions.My respect-they do a great job.In many situations are our animals very helpless…and need our help even like the example shows…..

    • Livin Out Loud says:

      Blessings for these heroes. I can’t stop crying thinking of the losses, and you’re right there to pick them up–thank you, thank you, thank you ???

  2. Coalition of Louisiana Animal Advocates says:

    Thank you Wayne and HSUS. Transporting animals out of overcrowded shelters to make room for incoming refugee pets is an integral part of survival during such difficult times. We thank you all for being here.

  3. jharrison says:

    How can I help the animals? I don’t want them to end up in high kill

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Do you still need volunteers? I live in North Louisiana and would be happy to help rescue any animals in need.

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