Gustav: Team Deployed to Louisiana in Advance of Hurricane Gustav making landfall
Update: IFAW is now on the ground in Texas and Louisiana following Hurricane Ike. Read an update from IFAW Emergency Rescue team member Michael Booth currently on the ground in Lake Charles, Louisiana rescuing family pets and other animals.
On Friday August 29th, IFAW's ER Team arrived in Louisiana in advance of Hurricane Gustav's expected landfall early next week. On the 3rd annivesary of Hurricane Katrina, IFAW will be on the ground to make sure this time, the welfare needs of animals are properly met.
Called to assist by the Louisiana State Vetrinarian, the IFAW team, along with members from the Animal Rescue League of Boston, are standing ready at the "megashelter" at the State Fairground 5 miles west of Shreveport. Animals have already begun arriving and as the evacuation continues, more are on the way.
A second IFAW team is also ready to deploy should search and rescue efforts be needed post-landfall. We are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.
Stay tuned for more reports from the field.
Please consider making a donation to help keep IFAW on the ground in Louisiana and ready for wherever and whenever disaster hits.
Our best thoughts are with eveyone living along the Gulf Coast.
September 4: Pets and Residents Begin to Return Home
September 3: Podcast: Emergency Response to Hurricane Gustav
Septebmer 2: Good News from Louisiana!
September 1: Update from Louisiana
Augsut 31: Udpate from Louisiana