AUSTIN - As Austin Pets Alive! plans to take in animals displaced by floods in Louisiana, the Austin-area shelter is asking locals to help by adopting and fostering.
The shelter has been asked to take in about 25 dogs permanently displaced by Louisiana flooding.
"We really want to help these animals, but can't do so at the expense of our own community's dogs and cats," said APA! Director of Lifesaving Operations Mike Kaviani in a statement released Thursday.
Kaviani said they were contacted by The Humane Society of the United States to try and help provide assistance.
"We've made it clear that we want to help in the best way we can help. We feel that we can help with dogs that not every animal shelter or rescue group is going to be able to help with. So we want to be there for the dogs that may need extra (tender, love, and care) after they were saved," explained Kaviani.
Kaviani has watched much of the coverage of the floods.
"You just want to go there and just help every person, every dog. And again - that's what motivates us to say that we can at least be able to do a small part," said Kaviani.
The dogs will come from the Baton Rouge-area, one of the hardest-hit during the August flooding. He hopes the community responds to their call for help.
"In order to do that, we need to have homes for those dogs. So we need foster homes to step up to take those flood victims into their homes, or adopt our current dogs here at the shelter, or foster long-term our current dogs at the shelter," said Kaviani.
APA! said that in addition to finding homes for 25 dogs, they also need to raise $12,500 -- about $500 per dog -- to cover the medical and care expenses. Go here to make a donation. All donations are specifically earmarked towards the care of dogs brought in from Louisiana.
They also said they need help transporting the animals from Louisiana to Austin. The Humane Society of the United States has offered to cover the transportation fees. Go here to fill out a form to volunteer to transport the animals.
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