Muttshack Transforms Hurricane Battered Animal Shelters In Louisiana

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Muttshack volunteers endure sleepless nights and flooded conditions in Livingston Parish, LA after the fury of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

Transferring animals to the shelter in a boat

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Hurricane Season is not over yet. With Gustav behind them and Ike winding it's way to Arkansas and downsizing for the Midwest, MuttShack Animal Rescue volunteers continue to set up camp in Livingston Parish, Louisiana, in the town of Denham Springs and are busy resurrecting the animal shelter that was devastated by Gustav.

This year in August, MuttShack's rescue efforts were rewarded with a Pioneer Spirit award by the Humane Society of Louisiana. Now having gone full circle, they are helping the very Parish of former Senator "Clo" Fontenot who was responsible for the State's first ever Pet Evacuation Bill signed into law in June 2006.

55 square miles of Livingston Parish is comprised of water and MuttShack reports that the animal shelter, located on a hill, has become an island of refuge that volunteers must carefully ferry back and forth to, on a boat.

With cat and dog areas destroyed and the infrastructure flooded out, MuttShack volunteers, sleeping on the floor of city government buildings, thanks to the Mayor, are rebuilding one the most devastated animal shelters in Louisiana. MuttShack volunteers, are comprised of highly skilled animal lovers -- first responders, carpenters and technicians, and have come from California, Washington, New York and even Canada to rescue the pets and feral animals in Louisiana. MuttShack is able to bring in some supplies like building materials and kitty litter into the area, and with their temperature controlled trucks, they can ferry furry loved ones to safety. But MuttShack is on call 24 hours a day trapping, rescuing and rebuilding as best they can with limited people and resources.

In the past few weeks, the most dedicated MuttShack volunteers were seen cleaning up 5 days of dog poop from the shelter zone and transporting a truckload of cats off to Little Rock Arkansas for shelter, driving 19 hours round trip. MuttShack founder Amanda St. John, was working 24/7 during Gustav, acting as the personal hot line where people could get logistical information for transportation, coordinating animal crates and interacting with animal services and other agencies in Jefferson Parish. MuttShack also provided over 100 temperature controlled trucks and helped coordinate the evacuation transport of residents' animals out of and back into the affected Louisiana coastal Parishes.

By making donations you can help support MuttShack's efforts this hurricane season.
They need money and supplies.

Please consider donating any way you can.
They need:
Boats and dinghies;
Home Depot cards;
Petco and Petsmart cards;
Gas cards,
Vaccines and medical equipment;
computers, etc.
There are a few ways to donate.
Go to and donate via PAYPAL, check or telephone.

About MuttShack Animal Rescue:
A first responder volunteer and training organization dedicated to rescuing, evacuating and reuniting animals and owners in times of disasters.

For more information on their rescue operations, donations - please call:
Amanda St. John @ (818) 272-1671
Marty St. John @ (818) 272-1670
David Friedman @ (360) 794-3109

To volunteer contact Brenda Shoss (Volunteer Coordinator) @ info @
California: MuttShack Animal Rescue, 15981 Yarnell Street, Ste. 188, Sylmar, CA 91342
Louisiana: MuttShack Animal Rescue, 730 Orleans Ave., 2nd Floor, New Orleans, LA 70116


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