Louisiana Pets Evacuate To The Wiregrass

By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

200 homeless animals were taken out of Hurricane Gustavo’s path, and placed with Bay County Animal control.

With such a large number of cats and dogs Dr. Christa Bragg of Ozark is has decided to take in 5 dogs and 5 cats.

"When I opened up my new clinic, that’s one of the things that I wanted to do-not just be a hospital, but assist in rescue" says Dr. Bragg of All Creatures Animal Hospital.

Also lightening Bay County’s load was the wiregrass humane society.
They took in 8 animals while the Wakulla County, Florida animal control took in 43.

There will still be lost animals as citizens return to New Orleans, but there is something that may ease the task.

"Micro chipping is very, very important because the leashes and collars can come off the animal and you could lose your rabies certificate so the way or tracing the animal is faster and accurate." says Lynne Jones Dale Co. Humane Society.

K-9 connections in Dothan ended up with 6 animals that belong to evacuees, and an employee here knows what its like to go through a devastating hurricane herself.

"I completely understood how they felt, and wanted to help any way that I could and I think just the fact of them knowing when the animals are safe is a very big deal." says Wanda Bullig, a Hurricane Katrina Victim

Some hotels were also stepping in to help. The Dothan Residence Inn took in 35 animals.

"Being a hotel that accepts pets, most of the people came in with their animals and we have an entire floor dedicated to them with their pets." Says General Manager Monica Sadhwani

But for animals that remain at the bay county animal control and the ones that Dr. Bragg took in are in need of permanent homes.

The Houston County Farm Center would have opened their doors during Gustav, but there was still plenty of room available in the nearby private kennels in the Dothan area.


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