Rising waters and animal safety

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Tomorrow, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA/SPCA) will transport 60 (adoptable) dogs and cats to the Houston SPCA and San Antonio Humane Society.

The Texas and Louisiana State Animal Response teams are partnering with the LA/SPCA for the move, which will free the LA/SPCA's rescue and care center to reach out to parishes affected by the rising Mississippi River and its flooding. The center typically holds 300 animals at any time, with 100 of those animals in the adoption center. (Visit the LA/SPCA website for more information.)

“In our own preparations for Hurricanes and other natural disasters we’ve formed relationships with shelters throughout the country,” said LA/SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla in a statement. “We’re calling on those partnerships to help us proactively prepare for any scenario regarding the rising waters of the Mississippi River.”

The Louisiana Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (LAWRA) also reminds Louisiana residents not to handle any wild animals likely to get closer inland as the water rises. (Check out this WBRZ video of deer running out of the Morganza Spillway floodplain.)

If you see any wild animals in distress or injured, call LAWRA at (888) 308-3922, or the local offices of the state's Department of Wildlife & Fisheries.

Learn more about the critters closing in on New Orleans (partially due to the rising river) in Kevin Allman's cover story in this week's Gambit.

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