People Are Risking Their Lives To Save Animals From Louisiana Floods

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As devastating flooding continues to impact parts of southern Louisiana and Mississippi, rescuers and locals alike have made certain the lives of animals in need aren't lost to high waters as well.

Last Friday, Louisiana's Denham Springs Animal Shelter was completely engulfed in rising floodwaters, leaving just the roof of the building barely visible.

"The dedicated staff and volunteers fought to save as many animals as possible from the flood waters, eventually having to unlatch the kennel doors and let the dogs swim out and climb onto the roof," the rescue wrote on GoFundMe.

A volunteer told The Dodo that boats were then used to transport rescued dogs and cats to higher ground where they would be safe from drowning - ever since, neighbors who did not evacuate from their homes, along with local organizations, have been assisting the shelter in feeding and providing temporary care for the animals.

In the meantime, shelter workers are working toward lining up proper foster homes.

The volunteer also said that in addition to helping Denham Springs' homeless animals, the shelter anticipates that will rescue pets who've lost their families and homes to floodwaters.

Other animal rescues have taken place across the state as well. One photo shared on Facebook shows a man pulling a boat filled with sheep.

"It's Noah's ark Cajun-style," a commenter noted about the image. The sheep were later spotted grazing on dry land together.

As of yesterday, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents have rescued 464 animals, in addition to more than 2,300 people. "Search and rescue operations are still ongoing and the number of people and animals rescued will rise over the course of the day into Aug. 15," the organization wrote on Facebook. "Agents will also remain on alert and be ready for further search and rescue activities until the flood waters recede."

Members of the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) have also been monitoring flood conditions and have been sending out teams to assist with rescue efforts.

You can help support LSART's ongoing efforts by making a contribution here.

Want to support the Denham Springs Animal Shelter's rescue and rebuilding efforts? Consider making a donation here or contributing to Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO), which has been helping the shelter with relief efforts.

Do you live in the Louisiana area and are interested in fostering one of the shelter's many animals in need? Fill out an application here.

Watch this video about people who formed a human chain to save a dog from drowning: