Jefferson Feed (Jefferson Highway location)
We are collecting supplies in the Greater New Orleans area for use in our Harvey adoption transports and for delivery to impacted shelters and rescues. Please do not send these items (such as cat and dog food) into the immediate disaster zone unless you have a specific contact/shelter requesting it. Many facilities are unable to adequately store donations at this time and needs vary, although supplies will be needed on an ongoing basis. We have a climate-controlled storage unit and will be using volunteers to drive in needed supplies based on specific requests from shelters
Feline and Canine Flea Prevention
Cat Litter (Clumping or Regular)
URGENT Hard Crates of all Sizes – particularly large dog crates
Collapsible Puppy Pens
Gift cards for gas, fuel and supplies
6′ 3/4″ long heavy duty slip leashes
Regular leashes, especially thick or heavy duty no-slip leashes
Martingale collars, various sizes
Regular leashes, especially thick or heavy duty no-slip leashes
Cat and dog food & treats
Heavy Duty Garbage Bags
Towels and Blankets
Bottled water and energy drinks
Paper towels & toilet paper
Heavy Duty Rope
Here’s what we’ve done so far:
-Saved more than 700 animals by transporting them to our no-kill adoption partners, who will find them forever homes. (By emptying shelters of adoption-ready and surrendered animals, we’ve been making way for more rescued hurricane victims.) We’ll continue helping animals in need from parishes in West Louisiana which were impacted by Harvey. We’re working hard to keep owner-surrendered pets from dying as a result of the hurricane.
-Provided needed equipment and support to impacted shelters and rescues.
-Mobilized scores of volunteers to assist non-stop: collecting and delivering supplies; driving cross-country transports, providing vet care for animals and more.
Animal food and supplies are flooding into the impacted areas and this need will continue over time. Right now, however, we still need monetary donations for transport vans, drivers, fuel, vet bills, volunteer support and disaster relief operations. If you can help please donate HERE. For this and future relief efforts, we also need trucks, vans, trailers and RVs, if anyone is in a position to help with those larger items.
Our years of boots-on-the-ground experience makes the Humane Society of Louisiana truly effective in the area of disaster relief. From being at the epicenter of Katrina to spearheading relief efforts during Louisiana’s Great Flood, we know how to get lifesaving work done. We have an extensive database of experienced contacts from across the country. We’ve developed relationships lasting more than a decade with skilled first responders, volunteers and rescue groups, who work with us to make a significant difference on a modest budget.
Our wealth of experience and commitment, however, does not translate into the wealth of bigger groups on the ground, who can better mobilize resources during times of crisis.
We have volunteers ready to deploy and partner charities and vets ready to house and help more animal victims.We have an experienced crew of seasoned disaster relief workers who are already giving their all to help Harvey’s animal victims.
The need for a disaster relief staging area at our Enoch J. Donaldson Animal Sanctuary in Mount Hermon has never been clearer. It will provide a base of operations for Gulf Cost rescue and relief operations for years to come. We’ll update you on our progress in future updates.
Meanwhile, like much of the country,
we’re keeping a watchful eye on Irma…
AUGUST 28th: HURRICANE HARVEY: RELIEF
More than 178 animals from Texas and Louisiana rescued from harm’s way. Our work continues….
MON AUG 28 – HARVEY UPDATE – LOUISIANA:
From the National Hurricane Advisory Center update: “The flood threat is spreading farther east into Louisiana. Additional rainfall amounts of 15 to 25 inches are expected in southwestern Louisiana, with rainfall amounts of 5 to 15 inches expected in south-central Louisiana and 5 to 10 inches in southeastern Louisiana.” If you are planning to evacuate, PLEASE TAKE YOUR ANIMALS WITH YOU. Please look in on your neighbors – especially the elderly ones – to make sure that they and their pets have a plan and help as you can.
All of us at the Humane Society of Louisiana are relieved today that we got an early start on evacuations and transports which are ongoing today. Otherwise, we are operating in emergency mode right now, so please bear with us if we do not get back to you as quickly as we would like to, especially to those of you with offers of help. We are very appreciative of all offers of support! If you are a 501(c)3 rescue wanting to help with transports or fosters/adoptions or if you have access to (or would like to donate!) RVs, trucks, trailers, etc, please email us. We will return all other messages as soon as we can. Our biggest need right now is for monetary donations for cross-country transports, fuel, van rentals, health certificates, vet bills, etc. You can donate HERE.
Until we have drop off locations established, gift cards (WalMart, Lowes, Home Depot, gas cards) are always very helpful, too and could be sent (as can checks) to: Humane Society of Louisiana, PO Box 740321, New Orleans, LA 70174. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CARING AND FOR HELPING!!!
Saturday August 26th
HUMANE SOCIETY OF LOUISIANA EVACUATING ANIMALS FROM TEXAS AND LOCAL SHELTERS, MOBILIZING RELIEF EFFORTS
As Hurricane Harvey batters Texas – and with catastrophic rain and flooding still threatening Louisiana – the grassroots Humane Society of Louisiana has been tirelessly at work, evacuating and relocating homeless shelter animals in harm’s way.
In just two days, using 4 vans and a host of local and national contacts, we’ve evacuated and arranged lifesaving transports for more than 162 animals from shelters in the hurricane’s path or at risk of flooding. Animals have come from Texas and from Louisiana parishes, including St. Landry, Vermilion, Livingston, Ascension, Lafourche, Iberia parishes and the City of Walker.
Evacuation and transports of at-risk dogs and cats are continuing to our no-kill adoption partners in Maryland and Missouri, as well as to East Coast facilities in New York and New Jersey.
“We have more dogs arriving from Texas today,” says Humane Society of Louisiana Shelter Manager, Jessica Cameron, a veteran disaster relief worker, who has been coordinating the efforts. “Some animals are going to local groups like Zeus’s Place and Take a Chance, while others will be going to our northern no-kill partners, who worked with us during the 2016 Floods.” Work is also underway today to evacuate animals from the Acadia parish shelter.
We’ll be monitoring the crisis as it develops and will help direct services, supplies, resources and support to those in need. Drop off locations, wish lists and volunteer opportunities will be published here soon.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and do whatever we can to help with disaster relief efforts throughout this crisis,” says Jeff Dorson, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana.
At present, monetary donations for transports, evacuations and response operations are most needed. Contribute HERE.
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The Humane Society of Louisiana has been working tirelessly to help save the animal victims of the recent floods, along with dozens of animal protection groups, veterinarians and more. If you have lost a pet or have found a pet, the best way to communicate that information is by filling out an online report:
Please check back to this page, as we will be posting sites where you can view photos of pets rescued in the parish.
We will be working hard to reunite people and their missing animal companions over the next several weeks. If you have lost your pet, please do not have hope, we will have volunteers working hard to try and facilitate as many reunions as we can.
If you have any questions, please reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Because we are coordinating such a huge relief effort in Livingston parish and are helping groups around the state get needed supplies, monetary contributions (using the link above) are preferred at this time. Checks and gift cards may also be sent by mail to Humane Society of Louisiana, PO Box 740321, New Orleans, LA 70174.
In addition to our flood relief efforts, we have more than 50 homeless flood animals in need of medical care, and transport to loving new homes. We will happily accept any donations to support our shelter at the Enoch J. Donaldson Animal Sanctuary, 31058 Hwy 1055, Mt. Hermon, LA 70450
General search/rescue needs:
Heavy gloves for animal handling
Humane traps – all sizes
Human and dog life preservers
Kuranda dog beds
Cat and dog toys and treats
Cat climbing tree(s)
Leashes and collars
Horse, pig and goat treats
Stainless steel litter boxes
Stainless steel bowls
Gift cards for building supplies
Gift cards for gas
Gift cards for Walmart for miscellaneous animal care supplies
Please send gift cards to our
main office and they will get them to us.
Humane Society of Louisiana
PO Box 740321
New Orleans, LA 70174
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Flat bottom boats/motors
Building suppiles of all kinds
WE’RE NOT STOPPING NOW, WHEN ANIMALS STILL NEED OUR HELP.
Our grassroots Louisiana charity responded immediately to Louisiana’s Great Flood of 2016, saving animals by assisting small rural shelters with evacuation and rescues.
Our dedicated team of local animal defenders, with the support of volunteers and rescuers from around the country, rescued or provided direct aid to more than 1000 animals through various hands-on programs in several parishes. Countless thousands have been and will be helped through ongoing food and supply distribution programs.
We first established a base of operations in hard-hit Livingston parish and subsequently opened a disaster relief animal shelter in Amite, which is still open and housing flood victims at Florida Parish Arena, 1301 NW Central Avenue, Amite, 70422.
Our team members have also been distributing donated pet food to struggling Livingston parish residents, coordinating incoming supplies and moving them to those in urgent need.
“We certainly don’t want to shut down this program when families and pets are still counting on us,” says Dorson.
We provided daily care and support at the side-by-side human-animal shelters in the parish, assisting with animal care, feeding and more. Many of these animals were in need of vet care which their guardians – left homeless by the flood – were unable to provide. To help everyone, we transported animals to vets and provided free treatment for flood victims.
One serious problem is that Livingston parish offers very limited animal control services, leaving needy families pets with little local support, particularly should they need to foster or relinquish their animals.
“We want to assist in any way we can,” says Dorson. “From helping families keep and care for their pets, to providing critically needed spay/neuter services in the area. There is so much work that needs to be done! With adequate funding, we’ll keep making a difference in every way we can.”
Since the Livingston parish-mandated 45 date ‘hold’ period for lost pets has now expired, the Humane Society now faces another difficult, time consuming and costly task: transporting, fostering, caring for and adopting out the remaining survivors. Despite many happy reunions with families, more than 40 dogs now in the Humane Society of Louisiana’s care still remain homeless. Many of the animals will also need expensive veterinary treatment.
Even before the flooding began, our TransPUPtation program assisted small shelters and rescues in areas around the disaster zone. We routinely save the lives of shelter animals by transporting them to our no-kill adoption partners on the East Coast, where homeless pets are more in demand by families wanting to adopt. The need for such rescue services in aid of small nonprofits will certainly increase as a result of Louisiana’s Great Flood.
It’s hard for us to believe that we were still recovering from our devastating fire of late 2015, before we became actively involved in this summer’s flood relief effort. Our relief efforts naturally eclipsed our ongoing work to replace our lost building. We are, however, reviving our ‘YouCaring’ fundraiser in the hopes of raising the needed funds to replace our building by year’s end, even as we face all these additional challenges. Click HERE to help.
“We know the extraordinary heartbreak and hardship of being victimized by disaster,” says Dorson. “Our unique experience and perspective compels us to do all we can to make a difference.”
DONATE HERE if you can help.
The Humane Society is extremely grateful to its volunteers and primary response partners: Dog People of Livingston, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and American Humane for their support throughout the disaster. To the many companies who have donated and to all the groups, small and large, who have supported our efforts, we say ‘thank you’ SO much!
Check out our video outlining our progress so far, and check back soon for more updates on our progress.
If you can help, please donate HERE or send tax deductible donations to Humane Society of Louisiana, PO Box 740321, New Orleans, LA 70174.
A Tail of Two (or Three) Disasters – Help us Recover… and Come Back Stronger!
It seems like ages ago, now that we’re so actively involved in flood relief and recovery, but did you know we lost our shelter in a devastating fire just 10 months ago? All we had worked to build perished, although we were able to save most of the animal victims on that terrible night in late October. All of our heroic shelter staff who risked their lives to save animals were also unharmed.
Now, all we have left is a slab where our former building once stood. With the support of our members, however, we have made real progress on our road to recovery. We completed demolition of the site, bought and installed a double-wide trailer (to provide living quarters for our displaced caretakers) and more. We renovated an old building into a needed cat room, built a new stand-online laundry room, a new grooming room, bathroom area and more.
There is still much work needing to be done, however. All forward progress stopped when we dropped everything to respond to the desperate needs of animals in our state, in the wake of the catastrophic recent floods.
Please, contribute what you can to support our rebuilding efforts, so that we can come back stronger than we were before the fire…and now the floods.
Our goal is to improve and expand our animal care capacity as we rebuild and replace the building we lost. After all, our Tylertown facility (the former ‘Camp Katrina’) was originally only intended to be a temporary evacuation site, when it served as our evacuation center and relief center after Hurricane Katrina. Instead, it became our longterm home. We’re looking forward to a new chapter in our history and you can help us write it.
Once needed funds are raised, here’s what we’ll be able to do, with your support:
1. Complete repairs/rebuiliding at our destroyed Tylertown facility. The site will become our TransPUPtation Station and will remain the hub of our lifesaving transports from small, underfunded shelters in Louisiana. Many of these facilities were impacted by the recent flooding, and they will need our help more than ever in the weeks and months to come. We’ll add indoor/outdoor runs for short-term housing and replace what was lost, including storage areas and an additional cat house.
2. Expand our Enoch J. Donaldson Animal Sanctuary in Mount Hermon, Louisiana. From perimeter fencing to barn building, to installing caretaker housing and more, there is much initial work to be done at our 47 acre sanctuary in Washington parish – just a short drive from Transpuptation Station. This refuge for abused and neglected large animals will become not only a haven for animals, but a place where students and people can learn to appreciate and love our animal friend.
3. Return our statewide headquarters to New Orleans, which will include a small adoption center and thrift store complex. We’ve been away from home too long since Katrina.
Please help us reach our exciting goals by contributing to our recovery and rebuilding fund today!