As the floodwaters from monster hurricane Ida threaten hundreds of thousands of people and animals, the American Humane Rescue team and one of its 50-foot emergency rescue vehicles are rushing to Louisiana to help animals in the affected areas. Sixteen years to the day after Hurricane Katrina disastrously smashed through New Orleans, the team that mobilized in 2005 to mount the largest animal rescue response in its 144-year history now prepared to evacuate abandoned and vulnerable animals left behind in shelters and take them to safety, making room for an influx of more animals caught in the storm and allow them to serve the community after the storm, said American Humane officials.
“Hurricane Katrina, which was one of the greatest natural disasters in history, made landfall as a Category 3 storm, leaving 600,000 pets dead or displaced,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane president and CEO. “Hurricane Ida has now struck the coast as an even bigger, Category 4, storm with predictions of significant flooding and deadly storm surges. I have approved our American Humane Rescue team’s deployment into the disaster area to get out as many animals in peril as we possibly can.”
As is required protocol in a major national disaster, American Humane is responding to an official request from a local organization to assist with what looks to be one of the most powerful storms ever to hit Louisiana, officials said. The team, drawing on highly trained volunteers from around the country, is racing to the scene to help and already has strategically placed vital equipment poised for use, officials added.
“Storms like these can be deadly for pets who are separated from their families,” Dr. Ganzert said. “It is important that every person and pet parent in the path of this destructive storm heed these lifesaving tips. We are working to help all of our friends in Louisiana, two- and four-legged alike, stay safe in this disaster.”