As devastating floods continue to affect various parts of Southern Louisiana and Mississippi, heroic locals and rescuers are doing everything they can to make sure animals in need are brought to safety, even if that means putting their own lives in danger.
Last Friday Denham Springs Animal Shelter in Louisiana was completely immersed in the rising floodwaters, with only the roof of the building remaining visible. “The dedicated staff and volunteers fought to save as many animals as possible from the flood waters, eventually having to unlatch the kennel doors and let the dogs swim out and climb onto the roof,” the rescue wrote on GoFundMe.
They used boats to transport the rescued dogs and cats to higher ground. Local organizations and businesses have been doing everything they can to assist the shelter in feeding and even providing some temporary housing and care for the animals. Meanwhile, the shelter workers are trying to find some temporary foster homes while shelter damages are repaired.
People across the state were doing whatever they could to save their own animals and livestock. Below is a picture of a man pulling a boat full of sheep to safety.
It’s incredible to see so much compassion coming from people who may or may not have lost everything and yet are continuing to help those who cannot realistically help themselves. These animals may otherwise have been trapped in buildings underwater or simply unable to swim to safety.
“Search and rescue operations are still ongoing and the number of people and animals rescued will rise over the course of the day into Aug. 15,” the organization wrote on Facebook. “Agents will also remain on alert and be ready for further search and rescue activities until the flood waters recede.”
Members from the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) have also been monitoring the flood conditions and have been sending out teams to help with the current rescue efforts.
To support LSART and their ongoing efforts, you can do so by making a contribution here.
You can also support the Denham Springs Animal Shelter’s rescue and rebuilding efforts by making a donation here, or contributing to Animal Rescue New Orleans, which has already been helping the shelter with relief efforts, by clicking here.
If you currently live in Louisiana and would like to become a foster parent for one of the many animals in need of a temporary home, you can do so by filling out an application here.