Louisiana State Animal Response Team

Lafayette, LA 70506



We want to reminds animal owners and animal facility owners that they must take responsibility for preparing to evacuate or care for the animals in their care in the event of an emergency. 


For people who do not have any transportation during an evacuation event, Parish OEP will be setting up Parish Pick-Up points for assisted transportation and there may be transportation available there for the pets of those families seeking evacuation assistance but NOT for self-evacuators. We stress VERY STRONGLY that this should be a LAST RESORT as capacity may be extremely limited.  Residents who are evacuating are encouraged to locate a boarding facility or a pet-friendly hotel.  Information about pet-friendly hotels can be found at Pets Welcome or at Trips with Pets.  In addition, many motels relax their normal pet policies during evacuation events.  Once you have established where you and your family will be sheltering, you can use on-line yellow pages to try to locate a pet boarding facility in the area. 

Animal Owners who need help with search and/or rescue are asked to contact their local parish Animal Control Officers.  All Search and Rescue activities are being coordinated at the Parish level Animal Control.

LSART has prepared a detailed PowerPoint Style presentation for animal owners.  This is a large PDF file. It can be accessed here.

Please don't forget to have your pet microchipped! Should your pet become lost and loose its collar/tag, a microchip registered to you is the best way to be reunited. Ask your veterinarian about it today.

Keep your pets safe and out of flood waters!

pets and floodwater