Animal evacuations begin in anticipation of Hurricane Gustav!

As Hurricane Gustav nears the gulf coast, preparations are well underway for evacuations of humans and animals.

Here is some of the latest information we found on animal evacuations taking place in the areas expected to be affected by the storm.

Keep a watch on our site and we will bring you the latest information we find on animal shelters and rescues, as well as pet and stray information coming out of the Gulf Coast Area.

Our prayers of safety and strength go out to every human and animal as they prepare for this anticipated massive storm.

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The Ties-Picayune reports...
State Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain said pet shelters for animal owners with "critical transportation needs" are ready for service during the Hurricane Gustav evacuation.

"We are taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of Louisiana 's pets," Strain said.

Those with pets that will need assistance to evacuate are urged to make arrangements with their local parish Office of Emergency Preparedness as soon as possible to arrange transportation to the pet friendly shelter.

"It is imperative that pet owners with critical transportation needs (CTN) get to the parish pick-up points as soon as possible," Strain said. "It will take time to register everyone and their pets and complete all the paperwork accurately."

Parish pick-up points for transportation to the CTN pet shelters are expected to close as storm conditions become unsafe for volunteer and personnel.

Additional shelters for pets and people without critical transportation needs are being readied as well and will be available as storm conditions dictate.
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From PRNewswire and MarketWatch...
ASPCA Deploys Disaster Response Team to Assist in Animal Evacuations, Sheltering in Anticipation of Hurricane Gustav

Last update: 3:18 p.m. EDT Aug. 30, 2008
NEW YORK, Aug 30, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The ASPCA(R) (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(R)) has deployed a team of disaster response experts to assist the state of Louisiana in pre- and post-storm evacuation and sheltering in anticipation of Hurricane Gustav. Louisiana state officials have declared a pre-storm State of Emergency, and Gustav is a Category 3 Hurricane that could make landfall as early as Monday morning, September 1.

"We have received numerous requests for assistance from local parish shelters and other animal welfare organizations in Louisiana," said Sandy Monterose, the ASPCA's Senior Director of Community Outreach. "We are working closely with the Louisiana State Animal Response Team to assist and provide resources."

Members of the ASPCA disaster response team arrived at the site of the Louisiana Mega Shelter in Shreveport, La. on Friday, August 29. One disaster response trailer, being driven by other ASPCA team members, will arrive on Saturday. The ASPCA also contacted its partner agency, the Saranac Technical Rescue Team, to be on standby for post-storm activity. Currently, the ASPCA team is involved in sheltering efforts on the ground and is working to coordinate evacuation of local animal shelters.
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From the Houston Chronicle...
SPCA of Texas heads to La. to evacuate animals

DALLAS — An animal protection group will evacuate more than 250 cats and dogs from Louisiana as Tropical Storm Gustav approaches the Gulf Coast.

Staff members from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas will fly to New Orleans Friday to round up the animals and caravan back in three Louisiana SPCA vehicles to its McKinney, Texas headquarters.

A statement from the animal welfare agency says the animal evacuees are expected to arrive on Saturday afternoon.

Then, they'll be evaluated, spayed or neutered and placed for adoption at half the cost of the normal adoption rate.

Only animals whose owners have surrendered them will be brought to Texas. All strays will be sent to other Louisiana shelters.