NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Louisiana SPCA is assisting with animal rescue efforts in flooded areas and is asking for the public's help with supplies as animals inundate area shelters. The Louisiana State Animal Response Team is leading the effort.
The SPCA expects the shelter population to increase dramatically 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 supply needs 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 from the Louisiana SPCA has provided so far:
Tangipahoa Parish Animal Shelter – Louisiana SPCA has donated a large amount of 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 had to open 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 the large amount 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 can't be reached, contact LSART at firstname.lastname@example.org. The email must include the following:
- 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.
The SPCA said anyone who finds a lost pet should bring it to the nearest animal shelter. The agency said moving an owned animal to another parish or out of state diminishes the chances of reuniting that pet with its owner.
Anyone wanting to donate money to animal rescue efforts should donate directly to the animal shelter in their community, according to the SPCA. Each affected shelter is listing out their immediate needs on their social media pages, and the SPCA said these needs are changing daily.
If a member of the public would like to volunteer with the animal rescue efforts please complete the volunteer form here.