Companion Animal Alliance seeks emergency fosters, urging pet safety ahead of Ida

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Companion Animal Alliance is already maxed out of space with pets up for adoption and they’re seeking emergency fosters before Hurricane Ida to help ease the load.

The shelter is expecting an influx of animals after the impact of upcoming severe weather.

“Over 250 dogs are in the shelter right now,” Communications and Grants Director Emily Jackson said. “We received about 50 fosters so far, if we can keep that trend going, we think that 50 is great, but the more the merrier.”

Pets are often misplaced or abandoned in extreme weather events.

Jessica Bozel, a law student at LSU, said the rapidly approaching storm motivated her to foster a dog.

“It’s just two to three days during the hurricane and they give you all the supplies you need and so I was like, ‘what opportunity,’ I decided to become a parent this weekend,” Bozel said.

“If you’re going to stay home for the storm make sure you bring your pets inside with you,” Jackson said.

Animal Alliance said people should pack an emergency kit for their pets.

“Medical records, food bowl, food, medications any sort of documents they might need if you are staying someplace for an extended period of time,” Jackson said.

The shelter is accepting fosters until Saturday at 6 p.m.

The Humane Society says the following items should be considered while forming your severe weather plans:

  • Food and water for at least 14 days for each pet. Also bring bowls and a manual can opener if you are packing canned pet food.
  • Medications for at least 14 days and all medical records, including vaccination history. Keep these stored in a waterproof container. You may also consider storing them digitally on a flash drive or online.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with tags for identification.  Microchipping your pet is ideal as collars can be easily removed.
  • Pack a pet first aid kit.
  • Litter box with extra liter and a scoop. 
  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses and carriers to transport pets safely.
  • Current photos of you with your pets and descriptions of your animals.
  • Comfort items, which may include a pet bed or a special toy, to reduce stress.
  • Written information about your pets feeding schedules, medical conditions and behavior issues along with the name and number of your veterinarian. This information can also be kept digitally.

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