The Humane Society of Louisiana says work has been ongoing since Hurricane Delta made landfall on Friday, October 9,
“Our state has faced so many disasters this year,” says Jeff Dorson, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana. “We’ve been working hard throughout 2020 to respond to each crisis as best we can. We are in touch with multiple humane organizations and shelters, and we will likely deliver supplies to several of them within the next few days or by next week.
Donations of cat and dog food and litter are currently being accepted. Those donations can be dropped off at Zeus’ Place, 2520 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana, 10 am - 4 pm, Monday - Sunday.
People hoping to donate can also contact the Humane Society of Louisiana at 1-888-6-HUMANE or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for the pick-up of a donation.
“Preparing for a storm, evacuating animals, and providing relief are incredibly stressful and costly,” Dorson says. “Local Louisiana shelters and rescue groups have been doing this difficult work with few resources in the shadow of Covid-19 for many months.”
The Humane Society says they have successfully evacuated or transported more than 1000 animals out of harm’s way just weeks before Delta entered the Gulf and have since aided 200 more.
Additional pet transports are scheduled to leave the state in the coming days. The charity says its private adoption partners in northern states will receive these homeless animals and place them in loving homes.
“Multiple disasters are creating unique challenges this year,” says Dorson. He notes that some of the group’s regular adoption partners were already at capacity before Delta, having taken in many animals from Hurricanes Laura and Sally.
The Humane Society says that monetary donations for animal transports, vet bills, fuel, and equipment are most helpful at this time. The group will publish a Wish List for supplies later this week, on its website.
Donations can be made online at HumaneLA.org or checks sent to the Humane Society of Louisiana, PO Box 740321, New Orleans, LA 70174. All donations are tax-deductible.
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