Louisiana flood animals arrive

Grants Pass, Ore. — They’re calling them the Louisiana Fifteen. Ten dogs as well as five cats arrived Thursday night at the Rogue Valley Humane Society in Grants Pass, but the transition hasn’t been all that easy.

Margaret Varner spends her days with the animals of the Rogue Valley Humane Society.

“It’s just been a long journey,” she said.

Varner said though the animals are excited to see new people, the transition from Louisiana to the Rogue Valley is a tough one.

“It was so exhausting, they’re just starting to wake up a bit. But as you can see, dad could use some coffee,” Varner said.

The 15 animals include five cats and ten dogs – five of which are puppies. The dogs are living in the isolation center at the humane society to assure no one gets sick, in case any of them contracted diseases from contaminated flood water in Louisiana.

“We’re just making sure that they’re medically sound and that there’s no issues with them,”Varner said.

But Varner said the humane society is making every effort to help make the transition as easy as possible.

“Today, and the next few days, will just be decompression, making sure everybody is good, matching them up on proper nutrients and starting them off on a light diet to make sure that we don’t shock their system,” she said.

If you’d like to adopt one of the Louisiana 15, they are still going to go through medical evaluations to check on the status of their health after the flood. They’re also going to be spayed and neutered as well. the whole process should take approximately two weeks.

You can find all the updated information on the Rogue Valley Humane Society website, as well as on their Facebook page.

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