Heroes Save Animals from Flood Waters

Life With Cats is reader-supported. We may earn a small commission through products purchased using links on this page.

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 6.30.39 PM

Animal heroes are risking their lives to save hundreds of pets in deep trouble in the wake of flooding in Louisiana. Many cats, dogs and horses remain in desperate need of shelter and supplies.

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 3.36.22 PM
(Denham Springs Animal Shelter)

When the Denham Springs Animal Shelter was engulfed in rising flood waters, the dedicated staff and volunteers fought to save as many animals as possible from the flood waters, according to the shelter’s GoFundMe page. Eventually, volunteers had to unlatch the kennel doors and let the dogs swim out and climb onto the roof.

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 6.32.38 PM

The rescue efforts saved many animals, but the shelter is in need of rebuilding and repairs. The cattery was demolished, and the kennel area and office space were severely damaged.

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 6.30.54 PM

State workers also did their part. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries rescued 566 animals by early Monday, spokesman Adam Einck told Fox News. “It does present a lot of challenges, but our agents have been trained for this,” he told FoxNews.com. “What our guys do is very heroic – they are going into these neighborhoods, the terrain is very treacherous, they work throughout the night.”

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 3.28.36 PM

Many of those pets were brought to  the Lamar Dixon Expo Center, which is also serving as a shelter for thousands of people. The stalls and rodeo area were soon filled with horses, dogs and other animals displaced by the flood, NOLA.com reported. Volunteer Jodie Summers said she and others are in desperate need of help and donations. “We are running out of hay. We are running out of feed,” she told NOLA.com.

Hurricane Katrina changed the way that animals are treated during emergencies, according to NOLA.com. First responders are now required to save both people and pets, thanks to the passage of the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards. For more details and information about how to help, go to this NOLA.com article.

1 thought on “Heroes Save Animals from Flood Waters”

Leave a Comment