NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The Louisiana SPCA is opening its doors to evacuated animals whose owners are staying in non-pet friendly hotels. An estimated 300 pets are currently staying in state appointed hotels throughout New Orleans.

Monday afternoon the Louisiana SPCA loaded more than a dozen animals from various evacuation sites and brought them to the organization’s New Orleans campus where they will be cared for until their owners are able to find pet-friendly housing. The Louisiana SPCA is currently working with the State Department to arrange free transportation for pet owners to visit their animals while being housed with the organization.

Although the animals being taken in are owned, the Louisiana SPCA has committed to covering 100 percent of the cost of their care including food and veterinary care. In the coming days the organization anticipates to take in about 30 more owned animals from various hotels.

To make room for these owned animals, the Louisiana SPCA coordinated a series of transports with the help of the ASPCA to move adoptable animals to the SPCA of Tampa Bay. Those animals have safely arrived and will make their adoption debuts soon.

In addition to caring for pets at their facility, the Louisiana SPCA is also assisting those pets still living in hotels. Pet supplies including food, litter, collars and leashes are being delivered to hotels and designated areas daily. A special thank you to Greater Good and Hill’s Pet Nutrition for donating pet supplies and food to aid in these efforts.

Together with the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps, the Louisiana SPCA is also hosting free vaccine clinics at each pet-friendly hotel. In addition to vaccines, pets will also receive free flea and tick medicine. A special thank you to Dr. Renée Poirrier, Dr. Levy, Dr. Macelroy and Dr. Collins.

Over the last two weeks the Louisiana SPCA has transported more than 250 animals from the Lake Charles area. As one of the only shelters in the area with a 38-foot animal transport trailer, the Louisiana SPCA acted as a transport hub for shelters around the country stepping up to help with relief efforts. A special thank you to our transport partners at St. Charles Animal Control, Terrebonne Parish Animal Shelter, St. Bernard Parish Animal Shelter and The Humane Society of the United States.

If you would like help care for the displaced animals, new and unused pet supplies can be dropped off, contact free, at the Louisiana SPCA Wednesday and Saturday. Monetary donations can be made online at www.la-spca.org/hurricanes. Any remaining funds will be donated to shelter partners in Lake Charles.