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Throwing a Lifeline to Shelter Damaged in August 2016 Flooding

American Humane Gives $7,000 Grant to Companion Animal Rescue of Ascension (CARA)’s House for Critical Shelter Repairs

As Ascension Parish and surrounding areas experienced record-breaking water levels during the August 2016 flood, local organization Companion Animal Rescue of Ascension (CARA)’s House, was in a dire situation. The shelter had begun to flood, requiring an emergency transport of the 200 animals in their care to safe, dry land. Thankfully, in five short hours, with the help of shelter employees and volunteers, every animal at CARA’s House was moved into a temporary facility away from the rising floodwaters. The shelter itself, however, wasn’t as lucky. The entire structure was flooded, causing approximately $150,000 worth of lost or damaged shelter contents.

Months after the flood waters subsided, CARA’s House still didn’t have a place to call home—the organization operated in a makeshift shelter until January 23, 2017, while they attempted to repair damage the flood inflicted on their original facility. To throw a lifeline to the struggling shelter, American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, awarded CARA’s House a $7,000 grant today, which will allow for the replacement of the shelter’s raised dog beds and cat housing, repairs to damaged storage buildings, and installation of new dog run fencing.

Following the devastating flooding in Louisiana, American Humane sent its animal rescue team and two giant rescue vehicles to help pets in hard-hit Livingston Parish. They also worked with Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food to deliver 80,000 pounds of nutritious, free food to shelter animals in Louisiana. Now, to help support and rebuild these vital institutions, American Humane is providing a series of major grants during April.

“We are pleased that we can continue to aid the animals of Louisiana and help those who did so much to help thousands of dogs, cats, horses, and other vulnerable animals during the disastrous floods,” said American Humane President and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert. “

“CARA’s House would like to thank American Humane for their very generous contribution, which will allow us to make improvements to our dog kennels, food storage and cat housing that were damaged by the flood,” said CARA’s House President Virginia Smith. “Disaster recovery is costly and time consuming, and having a friend like American Humane has made a world of difference for the dogs and cats in our care.”

About American Humane
American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization, founded in 1877.

About Companion Animal Rescue of Ascension (CARA’s House)
CARA’s House is an animal shelter derived from a public- private partnership between Companion Animal Rescue of Ascension (CARA), a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, and the Parish of Ascension working to serve lost and abandoned animals in the community.

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