ASPCA Provides Emergency Sheltering for Displaced Louisiana Animals

September 10, 2020

Puppy being held

At the request of the Calcasieu Parish Animal Services, we are on the ground in Lake Charles, Louisiana, assisting with the care of more than 30 animals displaced by Hurricane Laura. The ASPCA set up an emergency shelter after the storm, as the Calcasieu Parish Animal Services and Adoption Center sustained significant damage and is not fully operational. The ASPCA is providing daily care, including medical and behavioral services, for displaced cats and dogs who have been separated from their families until they can be reunited.

In addition to mobilizing emergency shelter services in Lake Charles, the ASPCA has assisted in transporting more than 100 homeless animals out of impacted communities in collaboration with both the Louisiana SPCA and Wings of Rescue. The ASPCA and Wings of Rescue continue to work together, with an additional relocation effort for homeless animals in Louisiana scheduled in the coming days. All the animals transported out of impacted communities will be made available for adoption.

“Calcasieu Parish Animal Services and local agencies across Louisiana are working tirelessly to rescue and care for animals affected by Hurricane Laura, and the ASPCA is grateful to be in a position where we can assist on the ground to provide emergency sheltering and relocation services for displaced cats and dogs,” said Tim Perciful, ASPCA Disaster Response Manager. “Our disaster response team is dedicated to keeping these animals safe and happy while they’re in our care, and we look forward to reuniting owned pets with their families and helping to find new, loving homes for surrendered and homeless animals.”

This lifesaving work is made possible thanks to support from The Rachael Ray Foundation, a foundation started by television host and philanthropist Rachael Ray to help animals in need and which is funded by a portion of proceeds from each sale of Rachael’s pet food, Nutrish®.

Critical support from friends like you help us stay prepared to assist animals from natural disasters and cruelty situations. You can help us reach more animals, save them from danger, heal them and find them find loving homes. If you possibly can, please give today to support all our lifesaving work.