Jefferson Parish holds pet adoption to make room for animals displaced by flooding

JP Shelter Adoptions

JEFFERSON PARISH, La. -- As people across Southeast Louisiana recover from historic flooding, many in this area do what they can to help.

Rachel Wulff was at a special adoption event in Jefferson Parish that helped make way for animals coming in from flood-impacted areas.

"Super friendly, good with other dogs."

From the moment the truck unloaded.

"This is Alma."

They were lined up outside of Jefferson Feed, dozens of folks falling in love with a forever friend.

Inside it was a controlled chaos, a meet and greet for owners and pets.

"It's such a great turn out, it excites me," says Nora Smith.

Nora Smith previously adopted two other dogs from the Jefferson Parish animal shelter, and now she has a third named Callie.

"When she got out of the truck, I said she's mine! She's mine. That ones mine," said Smith.

Executive Director, Robin Beaulieu says JP is trying to keep animals displaced by flooding in one area, because their owners might not have a place to keep them. 

"So what we're doing is we're adopting out our own animals to make room for these other animals. That we are really going to have to hold up to 30 days," Beaulieu said.

The need is great with more than 10,000 animals coming into their shelter each year.

"There are many families who were maybe on the fence about it. They're making the decision, that maybe now is the time, and we're happy they're stepping up," Beaulieu said.

"She brings her bowl to you when she hungry," said John Stevenson.

John Stevenson and his son were on the lookout for a dog, or two.J

"We want to get two, but we're just getting this one right now. She is Stella, and she is 8 months old. We're going to love her to death and fatten her up," said Stevenson.

It's not just dogs and cats that are being adopted out. There are also guinea pigs and rabbits.

Trying to make room for the constant flow of animals coming from flood-ravaged communities.

Today's event included animals from the East and West Bank shelters. To adopt you can search Petfinder or call 504-349-51111. You can also find ways to foster flood-displaced animals.

(© 2016 WWL)


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