JP animal shelters host adoption event making room for displaced pets

JEFFERSON, La. -- From the moment the truck unloaded, people were lined up outside Jefferson Feed to meet their future pets.

As people across Southeast Louisiana recover from historic flooding, the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelters are workings to clear space for displaced animals by finding new homes for some of their own.

Inside the store it was controlled chaos during the meet and greet for pets and their potential owners. Nora Smith previously adopted two dogs from the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter. Now she has a third.

"When she got out of the truck, I said she's mine," Smith said, holding Callie, her newest pet. "She's mine. that ones mine."
 

 
Jefferson Parish is trying to keep animals displaced by flooding in one place according to Executive Director Robin Beaulieu. They're holding out hope that they can reunite them with their owners as the recovery process continues.
 
"What we're doing is we're adopting out our own animals to make room for these other animals," Beaulieu said. 
 
More than 10,000 animals come through Jefferson Parish shelters every year according to Beaulieu and it's events like these that help them find a good home.
 
"There are many families who were maybe on the fence about it," she said. "They're making the decision that maybe now is the time and we're happy they're stepping up."
 
John Stevenson and his son are one of those families. they're lookout for a dog ... or two. 
 
"We want to get two, but we're just getting this one right now," Stevenson said.
 
Stevenson plans on giving his new pet plenty of love and "fattening her up."
 
Today event included dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs from the East and West Bank Shelters in Jefferson Parish.
 
If you're interested in adopting an animal, call the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelters at 504-349-5111 or see some of the pets available by searching PetFinder.com.
 
Opportunities are also available to foster pets displaced by the flood until they can be reunited with their families.

(© 2016 WWL)


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