“The dog from the lake has been returned home,” Michael Thomas, a petty officer, told The Dodo. “He was chipped, his owner was notified and he was picked up! So one dog’s life saved!”
While this was the first time the coast guard team rescued a dog from Lake Pontchartrain, helping canines in need is their specialty.
Regular volunteers at the local animal shelter, members of the coast guard have since been inspired to start a foster program in conjunction with SPCA New Orleans. While not necessarily water-related, it’s all part of serving the community and doing what they can for the city, Thomas noted.