Updates from the Field: Hurricane Laura

Our thoughts are with our colleagues impacted by Hurricane Laura—those of you directly in the storm’s path, and those who stepped up to help by taking in evacuated animals. We’ve been watching your efforts on social media, and wanted to shout out about the lifesaving work you’re doing here.

“Thank goodness we had no structural damage,” Humane Society of West Louisiana reports. “We had some great people who helped move downed trees that had fallen in front of HSWL.” The DeRidder agency was also thrilled to receive two generators to run fans for the dogs and cats currently being housed in the center.

Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) supported Louisiana Dept. of Agriculture and Calcasieu Parish last week, during mandatory evacuations prior to Laura’s landfall. Their trailers were available to transport the pets of citizens who were evacuating, and they are now supporting Calcasieu Parish Animal Services through facility assessments and local clinic assessments.  Reports LSART, “We had an excellent team of veterinarians who were able to do in-person assessments and provide the parish with essential information to get them back into a functioning clinic.”

Behind the scenes, Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center teamed up with HSUS and have taken in 25 dogs from Pen Pals Animal Shelter in Jackson, LA, so their shelter has more room for displaced pets. “We don’t normally have the ability or capacity,” says DAS Director, Ed Jamison. But with operations limited due to COVID, it’s a different story. “We want to do everything we can to help people.” Watch a video of the dogs arriving in Dallas.

Because of their ability to transport large amounts of animals at one time, The Lousiana SPCA is acting as a transport hub for their partners around the country. Last week alone, they transported over 175 animals, including 33 dogs to Humane Educational Society in Chattanooga, TN, and 24 cats to Wayside Waifs in Kansas City, MO.

One of more the 175 pets transported by The Louisiana SPCA last week alone.

In partnership with Wings of Rescue and GreaterGood.org, staff and volunteers at Michigan Humane greeted 34 canines evacuated from shelters in Louisiana. They’ll be given time decompress and adjust to life in Michigan before they are ready to be placed with new families.

If your shelter was impacted by Hurricane Laura, please leave us a comment and let us know how you are doing.

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