SPCA Tampa Bay Receives 30 Homeless Dogs from Louisiana SPCA

Largo, Fla.—SPCA Tampa Bay received 30 homeless dogs from Louisiana SPCA on Monday, August 31. The ASPCA Relocation team transported the dogs from the Louisiana SPCA in New Orleans to make room for animals displaced by Hurricane Laura. The dogs will be made available for adoption at SPCA Tampa Bay as early as Wednesday.

Hurricane Laura brought heavy rainfall and high winds to the Gulf Coast, impacting hundreds of thousands of residents, including pet owners. By relocating homeless animals from areas damaged by emergency situations such as this, not only are those homeless animals brought to safety at SPCA Tampa Bay, but much-needed space and resources are made available for displaced pets in impacted communities.

“As a for-all shelter, we are here to serve and support our community and our shelter partners across the country when they need help. Thanks to our donors and the actions of the Louisiana SPCA and ASPCA, we’ll be able to find loving homes for these dogs,” said Martha Boden, CEO of SPCA Tampa Bay.

SPCA Tampa Bay will assess each dog behaviorally and provide them with proper medical care. Most of the dogs should be available for adoption as early as Wednesday, September 2. The community can learn more about adopting these dogs by clicking on the ‘Adoptions’ tab. Visiting animals available for adoption at SPCA Tampa Bay are by appointment only during the pandemic. Before visiting, please contact SPCA Tampa Bay to reserve an appointment at 727-586-3591.

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This transport of the animals from the Louisiana SPCA was made possible thanks to The Rachael Ray Foundation™, a foundation started by television host and philanthropist Rachael Ray to help animals in need and which is funded by a portion of proceeds from each sale of Rachael’s pet food, Nutrish®.

“We thank The Rachael Ray Foundation for enabling us to respond quickly when disaster strikes, and we commend the Louisiana SPCA and SPCA Tampa Bay for working tirelessly to safely meet the needs of these at-risk animals,” said Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of the ASPCA

SPCA Tampa Bay is reminding the community to be prepared and is urging residents in the pathway of approaching storms to include pets in their evacuation plans.