Hurricane Isaac Response: ASPCA on the Ground

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 5:00pm

As you know, exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Isaac is devastating Gulf Coast communities. Waist-high flooding has forced thousands to evacuate their homes, and as first responders work to rescue people stranded by the storm, the ASPCA is planning rescue operations for stranded and imperiled animals.

The ASPCA’s response to this crisis is only just beginning and is evolving by the minute, but we have taken the following measures:

  • Our top experts are working closely with the Louisiana State Animal Response Team to plan and execute rescue.
  • We’re deploying responders to conduct door-to-door rescue of animals in flooded or abandoned homes.
  • We’re assisting a Louisiana animal shelter facing flooding.
  • We are supplying boats and other equipment for critical water rescue missions.
  • We transported animals from a Mississippi shelter to make room for possible Isaac victims.

If you’re seeking a way to help, you can make a gift to the ASPCA here. The ASPCA relies on the support of compassionate people like you to conduct rescues like this one and to assist animals facing other crises.

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Denise Wuetcher

I am available to foster. However, your website only seems to want money.


Thanks for rescuing animals in trouble from disasters!

Cynthia McFalls

Sorry, but whoever wrote that diddy is an idiot. Did you see the rescue and adoption in Joplin MO after the tornado? Have you watched on TV as they arrest people for abusing animals and rescue and rehabilitate the animals. They just adopted out the cats from the Caboodle Ranch. Sorry but you just fell off the turnip truck. Keep up the good work and I will always support your causes.

laurie Ortman

I have read all of the comments and only hope that the animals
always come first. I understand that organization's such as the ASPCA offers many services to help with medical care and rescues.
It is a large challenge, but since Katrina, we have all learned something about the Katrina incident and hope that FEMA learned well how important our pets are and we should never have to leave them behind! At least, some organization is assisting. Never, Never, however kill or gas an animal or pet due to space that is very shameful an morally wrong!

Laurie H

Some of the news said more animals than people. A spau/neuter van from ASPCA before these tragedies might be appropriate. The poverty is many areas is real. One lady had 4-5 dogs, no do they evacuate, get a motel. Would guess none of the animals had rabies, etc. papers. Yes, I volunteer at a kill shelter, where a few are adopted, but many walked and given treats, even if it's their last day...someone cared.

Dara Woodworth

I don't know why ASPCA would have to help because NO ONE should have left their pets behind anyway. You are give notice to leave and that's what should be done with pets in tow.


I am been a supporter of the ASPCA for many years. I have also worked rescue for many years. Before you run your mouth against the ASPCA, do your homework. The ASPCA has saved thousands of animals, not just during disasters, but on a daily basis. I could point you made a idoit out of yourself, but that has already been determined. This is a hard working organization and I am proud to support the ASPCA any way I can.


I go back prior to the Days of Hurricane Andrew and have lost count of the number of them I have been in. There was a time when animals were left behind and when there were no animal shelters. EVERY animal organization in the United States today is hurting financially. I live in Hurricane Country and we are down to a handful of operating shelters who operate at capacity. Difficult decisions are made daily. I cried when I saw the news footage of animals being evacuated with their owners because that is how far and how much progress we have made. Disasters are just that, disasters and people and animals die. Minimizing death and destruction takes all of us working together. let's lobby for tax break for pet owners, tax deductions for health care bills spent on pets, state and federal aid for ALL animal shelters who are part of every commmunities disaster plans. Together we have come far, stay united, discuss, make changes for the better and take a moment to pat every animal rescue group on the back for the improvements that came from their hard work.

kendy mcnatt

i feel bad for the animals in the flooding.if i could i would be out there helping you guys.i would risk my life for thoose animals.

Cherie A.

No matter what, after all is said and done...pray for the less forunate/help when you can. Remember, it's not always money that is needed most (it does help)...a hug, a lap to just lay their head on, a kind and loving word of comfort and last but not least...A "Forever Home"!