Tethered and Abandoned Dogs Left to Die in Louisiana Floods Are Now Forever Safe

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It’s now been a month since 20 parishes saw devastation in the floods that swept through Louisiana, which some say is the worst in the state’s recorded history.  Many pets were left behind, or were already living outdoors on their own.  Though they are based in New York City, Guardians of Rescue volunteers rushed down there as soon as it was safe, and saved many animals that would have died without their help.

Here is a collection of a few of their posts about those who were saved:

Sadly, time has already run out for many animals in Louisiana.




Guardians of Rescue is working to keep the clock from stopping on those that are still in desperate need of rescue and help. We continue to find animals in Louisiana who have been without care for weeks. They are alone, starving, sick, dehydrated, and often, injured.

Some owners have left the devastated areas and aren’t coming back; some have lost everything and are unable to care for their pets; and there are animals that never had a real home to begin with and this is their only chance at a new life.




ALONE IN LOUISIANA: Was she waiting for help or waiting to die?

This dog was first noticed caked in mud and lying motionless in a ditch. When called out to, she struggled to raise her head. Food and water were immediately offered, but the poor dog was too fearful to take it.




With patience and food, her trust was gained, and she finally climbed in her savior’s car and was taken away from where she had laid for who knows how long. If it wasn’t for these compassionate people, who were determined to save her, she, no doubt, would have died in that ditch.

Guardians of Rescue was asked for our help. Great care was taken to get her stable and she is now being attended to by a vet. For this girl, the days of laying in mud, waiting for the end to come, is now past and a bright future is ahead for her.




Last night, she felt the comfort of a soft bed and slept in a dry room. Food was within reach and there was fresh water to drink. The muddy ditch she was found in, and her silent suffering, all now in the past. She is safe.

We are being contacted by many caring people in Louisiana, letting us know of animals that are in dire situations. Because of your support, we are able to answer these calls and continue helping the many animals whose time is running out.




We were alerted by the rescue group, Survivor Tails, and the Cajun Navy, about three dogs that had been abandoned at home. Upon arrival to the location, we realized it was nothing short of miracle that the dogs had survived the floods, having been left tied out outside. Thankfully, a neighbor noticed the dogs a week ago and began feeding and seeking help for them.




Today, that help came. Guardians of Rescue successfully obtained ownership and, after being greeted by happy, friendly dogs, freed them from the yard where they had lived through rising waters, endured hunger and thirst and the unknown.




Tonight, the dogs are comfy and safe, and under the care of a veterinarian to treat skin conditions and injuries. One they get a clean bill of health, they will be ready for new, loving homes.




 These three cuties survived the Louisiana flood waters, tied in their front yard, and thanks to a kind neighbor, were taken care of until we rescued them.



You’ve never seen happier dogs in crates than those who have been rescued!


We are looking local safe havens so they don’t have to be transported. All three are heartworm positive; one female needs to be spayed and the male neutered, for which Guardians of Rescue will cover the costs.




For the last month, Guardians of Rescue has been in Louisiana, working to help the most innocent victims of the flooding — the animals.

Because of your support, we completed search and rescue efforts, built enclosures and repaired buildings, to provide safety and security for pets belonging to people who had lost everything. We have delivered food and supplies to owners who couldn’t provide for their animals; and medical aid and supplies for those animals who were injured and ill. We have rescued animals that had given up hope and those who have been abandoned. Photos of a few of the animals your donations have helped, are attached below.




We have had the honor of working side-by-side with the Cajun Navy and the Cajun Army, both whose members go over and above to help people and animals. The Humane Society of Louisiana has worked tirelessly since the flooding began, with search and rescue and to care for all the rescued, abandoned and relinquished animals that were brought to their shelters, many of whom are now up for adoption.




The work is far from over. With the receding waters, the life-threatening situations become more evident. Dogs running around, crying for owners that are never returning, while others wait, tied up in yards. There are frightened and starving cats without homes. Many need medical, but all need food and rescue from their situations, and the chance at a new life. Horses, goats, chickens and other animals continue to need support too. The enormity of the growing situation is indescribable.




The clock is ticking, but Guardians of Rescue will continue to fight against time running out on the animals of Louisiana.

GoR volunteers work tirelessly to save thousands of animals every year, and they rely completely upon donations.  If you are able to help them continue to save animals – whether from Louisiana floods or New York’s freezing winters – please CLICK HERE to donate.




11 thoughts on “Tethered and Abandoned Dogs Left to Die in Louisiana Floods Are Now Forever Safe”

  1. When hurricane Sandy hit the whole shore for miles I think everybody took there pets.There they don’t care they should get animal cruelty charges on them.I have pets and have no money in poor house due to having to pay my bills and vet bills.I choose to have a pet so I need to take care of them..If they don’t want them they should not have them in another country they put guns in kids hands and teach them to kill Americans and here we have so much animal abuse.

    • But that’s the thing. You know a hurricane is coming in advance. With this flood, people didn’t realize what was happening until it was already too late.

  2. I do not understand how anyone can leave from a crisis situation and NOT take the pets! If I ever had to leave I would take the dogs, cats, geese and horses before I would leave! Keep up the good work. We are seniors on fixed income and having financial problems, wish we could donate, but sorry, we can not. It is a struggle to feed our own some weeks. We will keep you in our prayers. I have often said that when we retire (which we are) I wanted to go to places in crisis such as this around the country and help rescue the animals. Wish we could.

    • Honey, you are correct, however alot of people were Tricked into leaving them once the humans were in the boats (the ones frm our Govt) the boats would take off claiming no room. As for others. When the waters rose so quickly that 3rd day, I think, people were at work and NOT ALLOWED BACK ON THEIR PROPERTIES

  3. When i lived in the deep south I had a plan for my 10 dogs in case of a hurricane. It is beyond me how someone can’t even be responsible enough to take ONE dog with them. Much less leaving it tied up to possibly drown, WTH???? They do not deserve another dog!

    • People keep comparing this to a hurricane. It wasn’t a hurricane. A hurricane you know is coming, so it is good to hear you had a plan for that. There was no hurricane. There was no warning.

  4. For the owners guardian angel S can find they should pay Big fines. Louisiana should be held responsible for it’s lack of protection for these animals. They are heartless. I would certainly not leave my animals . They need to make arrangements. I live on a fixed income but people are willing to help. God bless you for your help.

  5. So happy the dogs found forever homes. To the ones that left the dogs to fend for themselves….a big shame on you and you should never be allowed to own any other animals.

  6. Calm down people, before you judge them you must walk in their shoes! No decent pet owner wants to leave their pet or flooding homes for that matter. Sadly some rescues and shelters do not allow for pets! So quick to judge! God Bless!


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