Baton Rouge and much of southern Louisiana was devastated by extreme flooding after 20 inches of rain hit the area in a 48-hour period ending the morning of August 13. Thousands of people, animals, and local shelters and rescues were at risk, as no advanced warning was given to evacuate. The federal government declared 20 parishes as major disaster areas, days after the flooding began.

Alley Cat Allies provided expertise to local disaster support and relief efforts on the ground and issued emergency funding to support direct rescue and care by the Humane Society of Louisiana.

No matter where you live, natural disasters can happen at any time, without warning. The best thing for you to do for the cats you care for is have a plan in place in case you need it. Read our disaster readiness and response advice at


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