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Jacksonville Humane Society Helps With Hurricane Ida, Taking In Some Louisiana Dogs

David J. Phillip
Associated Press
Jeremy Hodges walks onto a family storage unit in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, in Houma, La.

The Jacksonville Humane Society is taking in a handful of dogs coming here from hurricane-battered Louisiana.   

The transport began before the storm, as it was feared some of the shelters would not withstand the storm; and others needed to empty out so that they will have room to help animals after the storm.

Lindsay Layendecker at the Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) said even though local shelters are full, they felt compelled to help. “Traditionally, we wouldn’t take in animals from a disaster during hurricane season, so we’re only taking five dogs because we have to consider the fact that other storms might be on their way.  But with a storm this size we want the animals to get out and get to safety.”

JHS is hoping the public will pitch in to adopt or foster pets to help clear out local shelters. After they’re assessed by veterinarians, the adoptable dogs’ photos will be posted on the Jacksonville Humane Society’s Facebook page.

Other adoptable dogs from Louisiana will make a pit stop in Jacksonville as they continue on to Charleston, South Carolina, for adoption there. 

Michelle Corum can be reached at, 904-358-6308 or on Twitter at @MCorumonME.

Michelle Corum joined WJCT as "Morning Edition" host in 2012 and has worked in public broadcasting as an announcer and reporter for public radio stations in Lawrence, Kansas, and Interlochen, Michigan. She also manages WJCT's Radio Reading Service for sight-impaired listeners.