BATON ROUGE, LA. (NBC33) — The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) donated 13,456 pounds of pet food to five Louisiana animal shelters, Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said.
The pet food, donated by national pet food producer Hill’s Pet Nutrition, was unused from the state’s emergency pet sheltering response to this year’s spring flood event. The LDAF is charged with evacuating and sheltering companion animals for residents with critical transportation needs during declared emergencies like hurricanes or floods.
The five pet organizations are River Cities Humane Society for Cats in Monroe, Humane Society in Monroe, Morehouse Humane Society in Bastrop, Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter in West Monroe, and the Alexandria Animal Shelter.
Strain said Hill’s Pet Nutrition is always generous when it comes to aiding the LDAF in emergency pet sheltering.
“Fortunately, the flood event did not cause any large scale pet evacuations so Hill’s is allowing us to donate the pet food to animal shelters before its use-by date expires,” Strain said. “I’m pleased that we are able to help these organizations.”