When the rain kept falling and the water kept rising, Louisiana residents desperately sought shelter from the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy. And PETA’s rescue team headed straight to Baton Rouge, the center of the crisis, to help some of the most vulnerable flood victims: the animals who were left behind. They searched the flooded city and surrounding areas, waded through deep waters, and did all they could to help reunite families with their lost animals, deliver free food and other supplies in boats, and get stranded animals to safety.
Our group of rescue workers returned, and they brought some very special road-trip companions with them—62 to be exact. The 35 dogs, 20 cats, six rabbits, and one cockatiel are seeking refuge and a fresh start with new families in Virginia and North Carolina. Transferring these animals will provide some much needed relief to Baton Rouge–area animal shelters, which are facing a spike in surrendered and found animals during this devastating time, by freeing up space for the continuous influx of flood victims.
Hopes run high that Hampton Roads residents in PETA’s own backyard will open their hearts and homes to help. PETA has teamed up with Chesapeake Humane Society, Chesapeake Animal Services, Chowan-Gates Animal Shelter, Danville Area Humane Society, Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center, and Virginia Beach SPCA to take the animals in for adoption and foster care.
If you live on the East Coast and are interested in adopting one of these animals, e-mail [email protected] for more information. Be sure to check back here as we highlight several of the former Louisianans who are seeking a new home.