You Can Help Louisiana “Flood Pets”

Natural disasters, like the recent Louisiana floods, claim a number of victims—including pets. Dogs, cats, farm animals and more are injured and lost in the devastation, and reuniting them with their owners is an arduous task. You can help. Many pets are being cared for at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center, which is also a massive shelter for displaced people. Victims (with any number of legs!) are in need of volunteers, donations (including pet food) and financial contributions.

The shelters are running out of room and food. The horses are especially in trouble, lacking hay and enough buckets to keep all of them safely hydrated. There is a slim silver lining—Hurricane Katrina helped shape how pet displacement was handled and led to the current Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards. The standards dictate that pets should be treated equally, and equal rescue efforts should be made, just the same as with humans.

Want to help? Here are some of the shelters in highest need of your support, donations, volunteerism or other form of contribution:

Companion Animal Alliance: This shelter needs food, treats, leashes, toys, financial contributions and volunteer foster homes. You can make donations online or in person at 2680 Progress Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70807.

Denham Springs Animal Shelter: Another flooded shelter, their last-ditch effort was to release kenneled pets and encourage them to swim to safety onto the roof. Many animals were saved, but the kennel has been largely destroyed. A safe place to store items and foster families are in need. Make donations or sign up to foster on their website.

Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter: Now operating as extra space for the LASPCA, this shelter is in need of food and treats, toys, leashes, financial contributions and foster homes. Donate online or stop by the shelter at 1869 Ames Blvd., Marrero, LA 70072.

Lamar Dixon Expo Center: This temporary shelter for humans and animals needs buckets, cat litter, pet food, hay and cleaning supplies. Donations can be dropped off at 921 Rue La Cannes Drive, Luling, LA.

Livingston SPCA: Nearly 75 percent of the site was flooded. All types of donations are being sought as well as foster families. Donate online or visit their PetSmart partner site at 1653 Millerville Road, Baton Rouge, LA.

Louisiana Bobcat Refuge: This shelter was flooded, and although no animal lives were lost, the entire site is water damaged. Cash donations and construction items are top priorities. You can donate online or contribute to their Amazon Wish List.

Tangi Humane Society: Unfortunately, this shelter was also flooded and lost all supplies. Any and all supplies are needed including water, shovels, blowers, rubber gloves and other clean-up efforts. You can make donations online or via their Amazon Wish List.

Zeus’ Place: There are over 60 pets being housed here, and the temporary shelter is in desperate need of cat litter, cat/kitten food and cat carriers. Foster and adoptive parents are also in high demand. Donations can be dropped off, or you can foster/adopt directly at 4601 Freret St., New Orleans, LA.

Every donation to an animal rescue shelter will make a difference. Donate your time, cash or supplies and help displaced pets as they wait to be reunited with their families or placed in new forever homes.

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