Hurricane Katrina in Pictures


When Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005, it forever changed the landscape of the Gulf Coast, and not just physically. Hurricane Katrina had a direct impact on how we prepare and respond to disasters, especially regarding animals. The entire world watched as we rescued stranded animals, provided medical care for them and helped their owners. Below are images of the animal shelter at the LSU AgCenter John M. Parker Coliseum on LSU's campus, rescues done throughout south Louisiana and some of our amazing volunteers who came from across the U.S. to help.


Helping People and Animals Following Hurricane Katrina (video courtesy of Bayer Animal Health)


Molly the Pony's Story



Click on a thumbnail below to see the image and caption. 


LSU AgCenter John M. Parker Coliseum opens as animal shelter on August 31, 2005, two days following the landfall of Hurricane Katrina.The shelter operated for 45 days.The majority of the animals in the shelter were dogs.Two thousand animals were housed at the shelter during its 45-day operations.

Dogs were kept in the arena, and cats were kept in the air-conditioned corridor that went around the arena.The shelter reached its peak on September 12 with a total of 1,287 pets.The shelter saw animals of all shapes and size.In addition to dogs and cats, the shelter cared for exotic pets, like McDuck.

Other exotic pets included tortoises, rabbits, pigs, guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters, mice, gerbils and birds.Volunteers came from all over to help care for the animals. The shelter was staffed by the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and the Louisiana State Animal Response Team and volunteer veterinarians representing the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association.Volunteers consisted of veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary school staff, representatives of animal welfare groups and members of the general public.

Each of the 27 other veterinary schools in the U.S. at the time called to help and many sent volunteers.The shelter included a medical triage area to provide medical care as needed.All areas of the shelter, including triage, were staffed 24/7 for 45 days.Many animals received medical care at the shelter and at the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital.