RedRover Responders stand at the ready to provide animal emergency sheltering assistance for animals displaced by Tropical Storm Barry. Here is a list of currently available animal emergency shelters and resources.

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*Please note that these resources have been gathered from public sources. If you are planning to shelter at one of these sites with your animals, please verify that it is open and accepting animals as conditions may have changed.

Pet friendly lodging resources:

Veterinary care:

Please note: Pet owners should bring the appropriate pet supplies such as a crate, litter box, food, medications, collar, leash, medical records, water/food bowls, a photo of you and your pet for identification, and bedding.

Emergency shelters that allow pets aren’t the only option. Some veterinarians may board the animals or they can stay with you at a pet-friendly hotel.

When it comes to hotels, you may have heard the rumor that by law, they must accommodate your pets. That is false. The FEMA website reports, “there are reports all emergency shelters and hotels are required to accommodate pets for people who have evacuated. This is FALSE. The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act (Pub. L. 109-308 (2006)) requires all state, local, tribal, and territorial governments that receive FEMA assistance to make plans to accommodate household pets and service animals during emergencies.”


Resources for pet owners

*Please note that these resources have been gathered from public sources. If you are planning to shelter at one of these sites with your animals, please verify that it is open and accepting animals as conditions may have changed.

Pet friendly shelters

  • American Red Cross Disaster Shelters Guide
  • The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry
    • The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) has set up an animal shelter to care for household pets at the LSU Ag Center Dewitt Livestock facility, 805 St Louis St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802. The Center is close to the Alexandria mega-shelter (on U.S. Highway 71 S) which is set up for critical needs evacuees who need state assistance to evacuate. (July 12, 2019).(Via LDAF)Call 1-866-927-2476 for more information.
  • St. Charles Parish
    • St. Charles Parish Community Center is accepting St. Parish residents and their pets. They are open 24/7 until the storm passes and/or further notice. Bring your pet’s kennel, food, bowls, medications and medical records. If unable, they can provide supplies for you. Only pets with their people are admitted – no drop offs. The Community Center address is: 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling, LA.
  • Plaquemines
    • All of the parish’s east bank and part of its west bank are under mandatory evacuation orders. The parish government has set up pickup points on both sides of the Mississippi River. From there, school buses will take people to a registration point and then to evacuation centers.Duplessis says cats and dogs will be taken in separate vehicles and if owners don’t have their own travel crates, the parish will provide them. (Via WDSU News)
  • Baton Rouge
    • The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) dispatched its mobile pet shelter Saturday to the F.G. Clark Activity Center on Southern University’s campus which is now sheltering evacuees.
  • New Orleans
    • Mayor has asked residents to shelter in place tonight (July 12, 2019). (Via CNN)
  • **For additional questions about pet sheltering, contact your local Office of Emergency Preparedness.

Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness – Emergency Shelter Information and Checkpoints

Because of the fluid nature of shelter occupancy, citizens are encouraged to obtain information about shelter openings and locations at shelter information points along the evacuation route. Information about shelter evacuation points will be posted on this site as well as on the Department of Children and Family Services, the Louisiana State Police website, or by calling the American Red Cross at toll-free number, (866) GET-INFO or (866) 438-4636.

Shelter information points include:

  • Vidalia
    • Tourist Welcome Center | U.S. I-65 and U.S. 84/1401 Carter Street
  • Tallulah
    • TA Truck Stop | Exit 171 – U.S. I-20 and U.S. I-65
  • Marksville
    • Paragon Casino Resort
  • Bunkie
    • Sammy’s Truck Stop | Exit 53 – I-49/3601 LA 115 W
  • Alexandria
    • Med Express Office | 7525 U.S. 71
  • Shreveport
    • P.E. Gym at LSU-Shreveport | One University Place
  • Leesville
    • Pickering High School | 180 Lebleu Rd.
  • Oberlin
    • Tourist Information Center | 8904 U.S. I-65
  • Simmesport
    • Maddie’s Truck Plaza | 15972 LA 1


Preparing for natural disasters such as those that could be brought by Tropical Storm Barry presently in the Gulf of Mexico can be overwhelming and can seriously affect emotional health. It is common to experience anxiety and depression-like symptoms tied to worrying about the chance or occurrence of injury or property damage.

The Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 can provide immediate counseling to anyone who is seeking help in coping with the mental or emotional effects prior to and after such severe storm activity.

The Helpline is a 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week free, multilingual and confidential service that provides crisis counseling and support to those impacted by natural disasters.

Helpline specialists are trained to assist callers with a range of symptoms.

General Shelter Information

Call 211

Social media

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(Last updated 7/14/19, 11:04 am Pacific)