Unlike a hurricane, which is usually preceded by days and days of warnings, nobody expected this: Up to 31 inches of rain fell in parts of Louisiana in less than three days, causing half a dozen rivers to overflow their banks and flooding 40,000 homes in 30 parishes. Eleven humans and countless chained dogs, rabbits kept in hutches, and other animals have drowned, but more than 30,000 humans and 1,000 animals have reportedly been rescued so far. With a disaster of this magnitude, we also know that there are many more still in need of aid, which is why PETA has sent a team of emergency responders to Baton Rouge to assist with efforts to locate and rescue stranded animals.
Don’t get caught unprepared: The time to get ready for an emergency is now. Check out these tips for ensuring the safety of your animal companions in the event of a natural disaster. Whatever you do, never leave animals behind—if conditions aren’t safe for you, they aren’t safe for your four-legged family members, either.
Support PETA’s efforts to rescue animals during disasters by donating to our Animal Emergency Fund.