Shelters coordinating preparation efforts and post hurricane response
Eight leading Louisiana animal shelters are actively working together to prepare for Hurricane Ida’s impact and post-storm animal response.
The Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge, Jefferson Protection & Animal Welfare Services, Lafayette Animal Shelter & Care Center, Louisiana SPCA, St. Bernard Animal Shelter, St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter, St. Martin Animal Shelter and Terrebonne Parish Animal Shelter are staged to respond to each other’s request for help when Hurricane Ida makes landfall Sunday. Shelters that fall outside the immediate impact area have committed to support and aid animals and pet parents in neighboring parishes in the aftermath of the hurricane. The organizations will work together to coordinate animal rescue, donation needs and providing information to the community.
Over the last 24-hours each shelter has moved as many adoptable animals as possible out of Hurricane Ida’s path to shelter partners across the country. Those animals that could not be transported are safely secured.
Terrebonne Parish and St. Charles Parish both have mandatory evacuations in place. The animals at both shelters have been completely evacuated.
All animal shelters are officially closed to the public and no longer accepting owner surrenders in advance of Hurricane Ida.
The animal shelters are staged to assess the damage following Hurricane Ida and animal control is ready to assist with animal rescue needs in each parish. It is vital that rescue groups and animal volunteers do not self-deploy to assist with animal rescue efforts.
If you need assistance visit http://gohsep.la.gov/ABOUT/PARISHPA to find out who to contact in your parish.
Louisiana SPCA Updates
- The Louisiana SPCA has transported nearly 200 adoptable animals over the last 24-hours in advance of Hurricane Ida.
- The shelter is officially closed to the public and is not accepting owner surrenders in advance of Hurricane Ida.
- The animals at the Louisiana SPCA’s Plaquemines Parish Campus have been evacuated to the New Orleans Campus.
- The remaining animals are safely secured at the New Orleans Campus in Algiers and staff will be on site during Hurricane Ida to keep them safe and cared for.
- If you see an animal in distress call 911.
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