BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – With local shelters overflowing with abandoned animals, an Ascension-based animal rescue is thriving and succeeding in its efforts to provide pet owners with new resources.
Rescue Alliance and its Louisiana Pet Food Bank are making strides in helping the community, a fact exemplified by the organization’s new physical location.
Now located just off Highway 44 in Gonzales, Rescue Alliance serves a large community.
Its director of operations, Jonathan Henriques, underscored this during an interview with BRProud, saying, “We just acquired the physical location and were able to serve not only the parish, but also the entire state.”
Henriques went on to say that the building was already a game-changer in a short time.
“We’re getting more and more requests for pet food banks, and the number of people we adopt is starting to increase,” he said.
Rescue Alliance is working on a foster mission, but the number of homeless animals has reached unprecedented heights.
“We’re constantly getting calls and everything for help…we’ve taken in over 60 (cats) in the last month,” he explained. “So we saw where there was a need to introduce more ‘adoptables’ to help find even more homes.”
Henriques said they were gaining visibility and growth opportunities.
“They’re not just going to be in foster homes where there’s no visibility. In addition, we are also attracting more and more people who want their children to come and volunteer just to interact with the animals,” he said. “We introduce them first, we start introducing them to the cats, everything. Then we have a washer and dryer, my office, the sick room for our sick pets…and storage space. We even have a full size kitchen we can provide coffee and stuff for our volunteers.
This not only gives them room to perform minor vet surgeries and visits, but also to act as a one-stop-shop for donations and supplies.
“It just makes it easier when someone can pick up the pet food from the pet food bank when they have an actual place to go.”
Rescue Alliance may now have a physical location, but the organization still needs supplies.
Henriques said, “We also just need… things like cat food, cat litter, and with cat food, it’s wet and dry.”
Donations can be dropped off at their new location: 12484 Hwy 44, Gonzales.
Donors can also click here to contribute.