For the past two years the office of the Denham Springs Animal Shelter has been in a FEMA trailer, but soon construction will start for an upgraded shelter.
The facility announced its closing to make repairs from the 2016 flood.
The shelter received several feet of flood water forcing employees to use a boat to save the animals that were there.
It took three years to get things going because of having to follow protocol with FEMA and having to relocate the cat shelter.
The Livingston Parish Animal Shelter and Walker Animal Shelter are helping to house some of the current animals.
Shelter director Rachel Boutwell says working in the current conditions haven’t been ideal.
“Right now the buildings we’re working out of are very, very old. They’re very, very outdated and flood damaged. We’re just putting band-aids on everything,” says Boutwell.
The shelter will remain open for adoptions only, during normal business hours for the dogs and cats remaining in the shelter through the host shelters.
At this time, they will no longer be able to provide transportation to spay and neuter cats and dogs to and from Baton Rouge Spay and Neuter appointments made through Pet Aid. They will continue to provide trap, neuter, and release services for cat colonies inside the city limits.
Construction is estimated to take up to six months.