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LDAF deploys mobile pet shelter to Baton Rouge

Posted: 2:05 PM, Jul 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-13 15:05:50-04

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry said they have dispatched one of its two mobile pet shelters to the F.G. Clark Activity Center on Southern University’s campus. The campus is also now sheltering evacuees.

“In stressful situations, people are often comforted knowing their pets are also out of harm’s way and close by,” said Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. “We have learned from past experience that people will remain in harm’s way before leaving without their pets.”

The mobile shelter supported by the Banfield foundation can hold about 50 pets. It is equipped with metal cages, generators, battery power and a cleaning station. It has an air ventilation system to provide proper air circulation and temperature for the pets.

"Our positive thoughts go out to Louisiana as #StormBarry approaches. We will be ready to provide support to pets and people impacted, and the Banfield Foundation has Disaster Relief Grants for shelters and agencies supporting animal relief efforts," Banfield Pet Hospital posted on Facebook Friday.

If you think you area is in need of disaster relief, you can apply for a grant from Banfield here .