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In 2018, Humane Law & Rescue responded to over 8,000 calls about animals in need, and rescued over 1,100 abused and neglected animals.

Disaster Response

Don’t wait until a hurricane threatens our region, prepare in advance! Just like other members of your household, emergency planning for your pets requires supplies and advance preparation. Pets are members of the family and should be included in disaster preparations. Always include your pets in your evacuation plans and prepare for the worst-case scenario. Do not, under any circumstances, leave your pet behind. 


Before Hurricane Season 

  • Make sure your pet's vaccinations are up-to-date and make copies of your records to take with you. All boarding facilities and veterinarian offices require proof of immunization before accepting pets. 

  • Update your pet's ID tags if needed.Talk to your veterinarian about permanent forms of identification such as microchipping and enrolling your pet in a recovery database. This simple step could be your pet's round-trip ticket home in the event they get lost. Please note that microchipping is mandatory in Orleans Parish for all pets allowed outside.

  • Compile a list of places you can go if you need to evacuate. Consider staying with family or friends outside of the strike zone. Look into pet-friendly hotels, shelters or boarding facilities. Please note the Louisiana SPCA does not board animals. 

What your pet needs for evacuation

  • Food and water – Keep food in an airtight, waterproof container. Water should be in addition to the water you need for yourself and family.

  • Medicine and medical records – Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container. All boarding facilities and veterinarian offices require proof of immunization before accepting animals.

  • Collar with ID tags, harness or leash – Your pet should wear a collar with an up-to-date rabies tag and ID tag at all times. Include a backup leash, collar and ID tag.

  • Crate or other pet carrier – Get a portable, secure and covered pet carrier in advance. The carrier should be large enough so your pet can completely turn around and lie down. Mark your name, address, phone number and alternate contact information on the carrier.

  • Sanitation – Include pet litter, small litter box, newspaper, towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach. Do not use scented or color safe bleaches or those with added cleaners. Use 16 drops of regular bleach per gallon of water.



Orleans Parish residents who require assistance to evacuate are urged to register with the City of New Orleans to participate in the City Assisted Evacuation Plan (CAEP). This plan includes both residents and their pets. You can register by dialing 311.

For more information about how to prepare for hurricane season, visit or call 1.800.BE.READY.


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In 2018 our Humane Law & Rescue Officers completed over 3,400 investigations into claims of animal cruelty and neglect.

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