LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – When catastrophic flooding devastated thousands of Louisiana homes, it wiped away havens for hundreds of rescue animals in foster care.
“All [of] their fosters had to go into boarding and the boarding facilities were getting overcrowded. The shelters were overcrowded. All the dogs that were there before the flood dogs came in were having to get euthanized because they had to bring in all the flood dogs who were all coming in as strays or owner surrenders,” Julie Crutcher said.
Seeing the urgent need, Louisville’s Animal Wellness Coalition set up their mobile vet unit full of donations and drove to Denham Springs, Louisiana. The town of 10,000 was devastated by floodwaters.
The heavy rainfall flooded around 90 percent of residents’ homes, turning them into gutted piles of debris.
“We saw some things that were pretty frightening. Like yards where somebody had taken a bulldozer and pushed all of their earthly belongings to the curb because they have nothing left. Those are the dogs that are here,” Crutcher said.
Inside the mobile vet unit, around 30 lucky pups with most of them coming from flooded out foster homes. They were all in dire straits including a four-legged mom who gave birth to six puppies shortly after she was rescued from a rooftop. There was also Marvin, a pit bull, who was just too sick to leave behind.
“You’re the sweetest! Look at those eyes! Are you kidding? I mean that’s what keeps you going,” Crutcher said.
Thirty dogs, on their way to a better life.
Louisville won’t be their forever home. It’s a safe place for the pups to get free, much-needed veterinary care before they’re transferred to rescues, fosters and owners out-of-state.
It’s a stepping stone in their second chance at life.