Humane Society of Louisiana animal hold to expire next week
NEW ORLEANS – Humane Society of Louisiana officials are reminding pet owners that the hold for animal flood survivors will expire next week.
Organization officials say that the hold period of 45 days for animal flood survivors will expire at midnight on Sept. 26. Once the hold expires the unclaimed animals will be become available for adoption.
The organization created online forms on its web site where pet owners can file missing pet reports. A dedicated phone number has also been established for those who need to file a report. The number is 504-352-2138. Volunteers created a Facebook page which features posts from other agencies that are also fostering animal victims of the flood.
The Humane Society of Louisiana anticipates that hundreds of animals from Livingston Parish will be left homeless once the holding period ends, as the parish was one of the hardest hit areas. While the organization has worked to care for the animal survivors, their work is far from done.
"With sufficient help, we could continue to intake, care for and adopt the animals in communities impacted by flooding for many weeks to come; otherwise, we will seriously need to consider closing our disaster relief shelter after the 45 day hold period is over," Jeff Dorson, executive director, said.
"This would be another real tragedy, but one that is completely avoidable, if animal lovers pitch in to help us keep serving these communities in great need," Dorson said.
The New Orleans-based organization has been active in disaster relief work since Hurricane Katrina.