NEW ORLEANS -- The Louisiana SPCA is currently assisting with animal rescue efforts in the flooded areas and requests supplies from the public as animals flood area shelters. It’s important to know that the Louisiana SPCA is not leading animal rescue efforts; we are assisting the coordinating agency, the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART).
The biggest area of need is currently supplies. The affected shelters are inundated with animals and need supplies to care for them. The influx of animals is only going to increase in the coming days as the floodwaters recede. The Louisiana SPCA has secured three local drop-off locations for pet supplies: Canine Connection, Camp Bow Wow Mid-City and Demo Diva. Supplies will be picked-up by the Louisiana SPCA and hand-delivered to animal shelters in the affected areas.
Immediate supplies needed include:
· Metal buckets with clipping carabiners
· Wire pet crates in various sizes
· Unopened dry cat and dog food
· Metal water bowls
Below is a recap of assistance that the Louisiana SPCA has provided up-to-now:
Tangipahoa Parish Animal Shelter – Louisiana SPCA donated supplies and has a physical team on-site assisting with setting up a temporary shelter for the influx of animals as well as their daily care. The Louisiana SPCA is taking roughly 20 adoptable animals from this shelter to be transported to the Louisiana SPCA for adoption in hopes of freeing up space for rescued animals. No owned/rescued animals will be included on this transport.
City of Denham Springs Animal Control – This shelter opened the kennels and release all of the dogs to avoid drowning with the quickly rising water. The Louisiana SPCA sent Humane Law Enforcement Officers to assist but hit water 4 miles out. Volunteers are shuttling whatever dogs they can find still roaming the area around the shelter via boat to our Humane Officers. Officers are then transporting the animals to the Companion Animal Alliance in Baton Rouge.
Companion Animal Alliance in Baton Rouge – This shelter has taken in over 100 rescued animals in the last two days and is over capacity. The Louisiana SPCA is assisting the Humane Society of the United States with coordinating a large transport of current adoptable animals to free up space for rescued animals. No owned/rescued animals will be included on this transport.
East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control – This group provides animal control services for Baton Rouge and works with the Companion Animal Alliance. Due to a large number of calls, they do not have enough man power to respond to all of the calls for assistance. The Louisiana SPCA, Jefferson Parish Animal Control and Terrebonne Animal Control have all sent out Humane Officers to assist.
Anyone requesting assistance for animals in flood conditions should first speak with their local animal control agency. If they cannot be reached, contact LSART at firstname.lastname@example.org. The email MUST include the following information:
· Where the animal(s) is located (address, cross street or GPS coordinates)
· Number of animals
· Whether the animal(s) is confined or free-roaming
· Contact information for the person reporting the stranded animals
According to LSART, there are currently two co-habitated animal shelters open. The first is at the Southern Ag Center in Baker and the second at Celtic Studios, located at 10000 Celtic Drive, off Bluebonnet and Airline. While the Red Cross has a list of opening shelters none of them are currently accepting animals.
If you find a lost pet, please bring it to your nearest animal shelter. By moving an owned animal to another parish or out of state, the likely hood of reuniting that pet with its owner severely diminishes.
For those that wish to make a monetary donation to the animal rescue efforts, the Louisiana SPCA is asking that you donate directly to the animal shelter in your community. This will ensure the funds go directly to the group that you wish to help. Each affected shelter is listing out their immediate needs on their social media pages. Please be aware that these needs are changing daily!
If a member of the public would like to volunteer with the animal rescue efforts please go to www.lsart.org/volunteers and complete the volunteer form.