The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry deployed its mobile pet shelter and animal transport task force on Monday, August 30.
The task force helped shelter and care for pets in Laplace, which experienced extensive flooding from Hurricane Ida.
Many residents and their pets found themselves trapped in their homes as the waters began to rise on Sunday.
âWe’re at LaPlace to take care of people’s pets,â said Dr. Ashley Prejean of the LDAF.
Pet cages have been provided to owners so that small animals can be held on their knees during transport to shelters in the area.
The larger animals were taken to the mobile shelter for transport.
“I give them the opportunity to say goodbye to their pet, but I also tell them that they are going to be well taken care of,” said Jason Anderson of the LDAF. “They go to a place where they are going to be fed and walked. Everything a parent would actually do.”
Prejean said each pet is given a specific number and owner’s information is recorded and tracked with shelters where they will eventually end up.
âDepending on which shelter they go to, they can either shelter and take care of their pets, or we can also take care of pets in some shelters.
Prejean said that during Hurricane Katrina, many people had no choice but to abandon their pets for rescue.
“We are giving them the choice today,” she said.
Anderson said the LDAF is acting as a resource to help get pets out of disaster areas so owners can focus on themselves and know their pets are safe.
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