LAFAYETTE, LA -- The Lafayette Animal Shelter and care center has taken in more than 100 animals that were evacuated from shelters in hurricane Ida’s path.
"It's always kind of a shock even though we are used to hurricanes happening, when it hits you directly or it hits close to home like that it is kind of an eye opener.” Andrea mire Said.
After reaching capacity right before hurricane Ida, Lafayette Animal Shelter was able to place more than enough animals in forever homes just in time to help those shelters affected by the storm.
“Those places were devastated, so they don't have power. They don’t have water. It's just horrible. Normally a municipal shelter wouldn't take in animals, or we call it transfer in to put them back. We didn't want to send these animals back to these places.” Shelley Delahoussaye Said.
LASCC Supervisor Shelley Delahoussaye said she’s working with AAA to coordinate flights, funded by Greater Good Charities, to transport the remaining animals at the shelter.
“Knowing that we had open kennels and we were able to take them in. That was very rewarding. Very filling and I knew that the animals were going to get out safely, so it was an experience.” Andrea mire Said.
While taking in more than 100 animals, the shelter was able to transport 73 to New Jersey and Philadelphia. Andrea mire Said.
“Getting these animals selected, pictured, paperwork, and health certificates. It's a lot. We are also short staffed with covid and everything going on. I cannot praise my staff enough.” Shelley Delahoussaye Said.
Most of the furry cats that are still here are a little sick but officials are looking to get them better for adoption as soon as possible.
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