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Gulf Coast Dogs Get Second Chance

D.C. animal rescue groups offer to help Louisiana shelters overwhelmed by impacts of oil spill

The Humane Society of the United States


Independence Day came early this year for 33 dogs from Louisiana.

The HSUS' animal rescue team transported the dogs from two overcrowded animal shelters in Louisiana to the Washington, D.C. area this week. Three local rescue groups said they were glad to help Louisiana shelters by taking these dogs and finding them new loving homes.

Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society and St. Bernard Parish Animal Shelter have been inundated with owner surrendered animals in the past few months, with numbers spiking dramatically since the Gulf oil spill. Three of the dogs transported by The HSUS were owned by a fisherman who could no longer take care of his dogs due to the economic impact of the oil spill.

The dogs arrived Wednesday morning and will be made available for adoption through Loudoun County Animal Shelter, Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation and the SPCA of Anne Arundel County.

Earlier this month, The HSUS arranged the delivery of 12 tons of dog and cat food in Plaquemines Parish to help affected residents. The Animal Welfare Society handled distribution of the food.

Note: If you want to adopt from either of the Louisiana shelters that took part in this transport, both do out of state adoptions. Visit their websites for more information: PAWS and STBP.

Read more dispatches on our oil spill response»

Did you know?

Wonderful animals of all species are in shelters through no fault of their own. Want to give a shelter animal a second chace? Learn more at The Shelter Pet Project.