Last Friday, severe flooding left Louisiana’s Denham Springs Animal Shelter underwater. If not for the actions of quick-thinking staff and volunteers, the homeless animals housed inside of the facility would have likely drowned.
Instead, staff and volunteers rushed to open kennel doors and the majority of the animals survived. According to the shelter’s GoFundMe account, “The rescue efforts saved many animals, but the shelter is in need of rebuilding and repairs after the flood waters recede. The cattery is totally demolished, and the kennel area and office space are severely damaged.”
Displaced animals have been receiving assistance from residents who have not evacuated the area, as well as from local organizations, reported The Dodo. According to a Facebook post from the shelter, though many people have offered to donate supplies which were lost in the floods, there is currently nowhere (dry) to put them. The shelter wrote, “The issue is a dry place to have things brought and stored for staging. Does anyone have access to a storage facility or building that is DRY for us to use for several weeks (possibly longer) to help us get back on our paws?”
On Monday, the Petco Foundation stated that it will be reaching out to help the shelter recover from the devastating flood:
The floods in Louisiana impacted many of our Petco Foundation animal welfare partners, and we are actively assisting with food, supplies and financial donations. However, one of the worst hit was our partner Denham Springs Animal Shelter. Staff and volunteers faced fast rising waters, and took action to do what they could to save the animals. The Petco Foundation is All for Helping the Denham Springs Animal Shelter in their recovery and rebuilding efforts.
On Monday, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA) issued a media release about the situation in Louisiana. According to the release, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry requested that the ASPCA dispatch its disaster response team to conduct water rescue for animals who have been displaced by the flooding which spans Eastern Baton Rouge and Lafayette Parish.
The ASPCA is working in conjunction with the Louisisana State Animal Response Team (LSART) to coordinate local resources necessary to help the large number of animals who have been displaced by flash floods.
The ASPCA stated:
Residents who need assistance with recovering a pet from their home or emergency sheltering for their pets are encouraged to contact the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP). Residents can find contact information for their parish’s OHSEP office at: http://gohsep.la.gov/about/parishpa
(Photos Denham Springs Animal Shelter)