Rescuing Animals Affected By Louisiana Flooding

Jillian Sergio of the Companion Animal Alliance comforts Neville Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 in Baton Rouge, La. SPCA of Texas took over 50 dogs from the Companion Animal Alliance shelter in Baton Rouge to make more room in the aftermath of the floods. The dogs were transported to a shelter in Dallas. (Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for The Humane Society of the United States)
Jillian Sergio of the Companion Animal Alliance comforts Neville Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 in Baton Rouge, La. SPCA of Texas took over 50 dogs from the Companion Animal Alliance shelter in Baton Rouge to make more room in the aftermath of the floods. The dogs were transported to a shelter in Dallas. (Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for The Humane Society of the United States)

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Animal Rescue Team is on the ground providing disaster relief for Louisiana pets and residents in the wake of severe flooding throughout the state.

The organization is assisting in the transport of more than 100 dogs from Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter in Marrero and Companion Animal Alliance in Baton Rouge to make room for the influx of displaced animals the shelters are already experiencing. The animals will travel from Louisiana to HSUS Emergency Placement Partners in Texas and Atlanta, where they will be available for adoption. Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter and Companion Animal Alliance are serving as temporary emergency shelters for evacuees’ pets.

“The recent flooding has displaced many family pets and caused damage to shelters throughout Louisiana,” said Julia Breaux, Louisiana state director for the HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States is assessing the needs of the displaced animals and damaged shelters, and is providing hands-on assistance, while these communities continue to endure heavy rain and flooding and look towards recovery.”

The Humane Society works with local animal welfare agencies to rescue animals from flooded areas on Tuesday, Aug. 16, in Baton Rouge, LA. (Tyler Kaufman/AP Images for The Humane Society)
The Humane Society works with local animal welfare agencies to rescue animals from flooded areas on Tuesday, Aug. 16, in Baton Rouge, LA. (Tyler Kaufman/AP Images for The Humane Society)

The HSUS is also assisting in the transport of more than 30 dogs from Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society, which was damaged by heavy rain and flooding, to the Humane Society of Saline County in Arkansas, where they will be available for adoption.

The HSUS is providing financial assistance to the emergency placement partners taking in animals to help with initial costs.

Visit the HSUS website for more details. Or click here to make a donation directly to HSUS.

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