Here we go again, power is out and some people in New Orleans need rescue due to flooding. How heartening to see video of the animals being rescued alongside people this time!
It is too late for those trapped by flooding to move now, but Isaac is moving slowly and it is not too late for people in his path to evacuate. This is a list of resources to help those who have sworn the post-Katrina oath; “Not without my animal.”
Terrebonne Parish officials have opened a temporary pet shelter at the West Houma Gym on Williams Avenue for residents staying at the Houma Municipal Auditorium. You must be staying at the shelter and you must register there first before registering your animals. The family is responsible for the animal’s food and water and walking the animal every morning and evening during the allotted time period. Houma Gym, 800 Williams Avenue, Houma, LA (985) 873-6497 [phone may not work]
St. John the Baptist Parish (Monroe Louisiana) has an evacuation center for people at Liller H. Marbles Community Center, located at 2950 Renwick St., Monroe Civic Center. People staying there may leave their animals at the Equestrian Pavilion, also at Monroe’s Civic Center. Call 318-329-2225
Alexandria (mega shelter on LSU-Alexandria campus) and Bastrop have made provisions for animals. Shreveport is on stand-by. There is no further information.
The LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital remains open 24 hours for animal emergencies. If possible, please call 225-578-9600 for small animals (dogs, cats, small exotics) or 225-578-9500 for horses and farm animals before arriving. Updates on the hospital can be found online or on FaceBook and Twitter.
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Please note, the photo with the story is an animal in need of immediate adoption from Kirby Animal Care Services (near San Antonio.) They are an open admission shelter in Kirby, Texas striving for No Kill in a high kill state. If you are a cross-poster, I hope you will help get that animal rescued! Thank you cross-posters for your good work!
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