The St. Landry Parish Animal Shelter is sharing a heartfelt post, asking the community to pull together and help a local woman who recently visited their facility.
The shelter posted that a woman came to their shelter on Tuesday, "her soul crushed," after having lost both of her sisters and one son. The woman was living with her sisters, so her losing them has left her homeless. Today, she surrendered her youngest pets, an eight-year-old pug and a two-year-old Beagle mix.
She previously had to surrender several other animals. The woman begged the shelter not to harm her pets.
"Please, please don't kill them, this is killing me," she said.
A woman, only identified as "Melinda," stepped forward and covered the woman's stay in a local hotel through the holidays. She also helped arrange food for the woman, and the shelter staff also pitched in.
The woman has one son that is her support, according to the post.
The shelter is asking the public to help the woman this holiday season. The post adds if anyone would like to bring meal gift cards or other similar items they will get those items to the family.
Below is a list of suggestions from the shelter:
- Gift cards
- A holiday card
- Soft food for senior pets (she kept two older pets)
- Gift cards for pet grooming
The shelter is located at 255 Hangar Road in Opelousas and can be reached by calling (337) 501-9100.