BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – For many, looking for resources following Hurricane Ida means getting gas, food, and power. Royal Treatment Pet Manor and Grooming Spa are stepping in to make sure relief is also provided to the four-legged members of families.
General Manager Trevor Aucoin said the facility is currently taking in evacuee dogs of families that have been impacted by Hurricane Ida, most of which either don’t have power or have flooded homes.
“It’s a labor of love right now, just to make sure that we can take a little bit of burden off of these people that have been impacted,” said Aucoin.
Royal Treatment Pet Manor and Grooming Spa have stopped providing all of their regular services to transition into an emergency boarding facility. As a small business, the facility heavily depends on their clients to stay afloat but they have now decided to risk it to help out as many displaced pets and owners as possible.
“Is their pet in AC? Are they getting cool water? They’re not having to worry about finding a hotel that accepts dogs because a lot of them don’t, or cats,” said Aucoin.
The facility is currently taking in pets at discounted prices, that money will only go as far as paying the workers. Much of Aucoin’s staff have been impacted by the hurricane as well, those who can make it to work are working long hours despite their own problems.
“I have worked 10-12 hour days almost every day, I’ve even been staying in the facility with the dogs because I have been without power since Sunday,” said Assistant Manager Elizabeth Sullivan.
Aucoin said on a regular day Royal Treatment will see 65 pets with their normal services, but now, they’ll be boarding 150 displaced pets.
“I have savings, I’m using it towards this, I’ll get reimbursed later, I’m not worried about the money,” said Aucoin.
A costly act of service, but everyone involved says it is well worth it.
“If we can keep dogs from being abandoned and dying because of this, we want to do that. The only thing keeping us running on this little sleep and this much work is the fact that we know we’re making a difference,” said Sullivan.
Aucoin said management is currently funding food, medication, and kennels for the animals out of their own pockets.
If you would like to lend a helping hand, visit the Royal Treatment: Pet Manor and Grooming Spa Facebook page.