This video made my heart stop:
I hope that woman and her dog made it to a shelter where they can be together. (Did you know that American Red Cross shelters don’t accept pets?)
If you’re an animal lover and want to help the pet victims of Louisiana flooding, here’s a list of shelters and rescues that could use donations.
Donate to Louisiana Animal Shelters
- Companion Animal Alliance, Baton Rouge’s city animal shelter, took in 90 evacuated pets and was expecting more. To donate:
- Mail donations directly to the shelter at 2680 Progress Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70807
- Tangi Humane Society, a privately run shelter, was destroyed by flooding. All its animals were safely evacuated. To donate:
- Denham Springs Animal Shelter was overrun by flood waters so quickly that not all animals could be evacuated fast enough. To donate:
- Zeus’ Place, a shelter in New Orleans, is housing more than 60 pets evacuated from flooded shelters elsewhere. To donate:
- Louisiana Bobcat Refuge in Eunice didn’t lose any bobcats, but it is flooded. See photos of the damage by clicking here. To donate:
- Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter is a back-up shelter for the Livingston SPCA. To donate:
- Donations also can be mailed directly to 1869 Ames Blvd., Marrero, LA 70072.
- Livingston SPCA has lost at least three-quarters of its pet foster homes, supplies, and medicine. To donate:
I also have to put in a plug for the AKC’s Pet Disaster Relief Trailers, part of the AKC’s Reunite program. Each trailer has everything needed to set up a temporary shelter or reunion center for up to 50 displaced pets after a disaster. The AKC has its own trailers, and individual breed clubs can sponsor them in their state or region to have one ready. These are a boon to local emergency management agencies, which are required by federal law to have plans and resources for pets after a disaster. (That law was passed after Hurricane Katrina.) The AKC is already on the job in Louisiana. To donate to AKC Pet Disaster Relief:
One final word …
Disaster can strike anyone. I know — my own home was flooded five feet deep in 1998 in the first of a series of historic-level floods. We didn’t have flood insurance because our house was not in a flood zone. So as Han Solo says, “Don’t get cocky, kid.”
The first word of advice I have is, unless you live on a mountain or ridge top (like I do now!), get flood insurance. A good agent can help you choose an affordable policy.
The second word of advice is, have a plan for your family and your pets. As noted above, Red Cross shelters do not accept pets. In the chaos of some events, pets can go missing. Or you may just wind up having to hole up somewhere and you’ll want to have everything your pet needs in one place.
The AKC offers a handy list of items to keep ready for your pet in case of emergency. Pack these things in a plastic tote and keep it in a handy place. Check its contents at the turn of each season to ensure you have the proper gear. (Make sure you have your veterinarian’s phone number, too.)
FEMA has a wealth of information on disaster preparedness at ready.gov. Check out their guidance on pets and large animals here.