Local veterinarian Jim Rundell was called on by the state to house the pets of owners who self-evacuated.
He and several volunteers are set up inside the equestrian pavilion behind the Monroe Civic Center.
Dr. Rundell started this service with many others during hurricane Ivan, and continued the service on through hurricane Katrina, caring for hundreds of cats and dogs.
"This time, I'm really expecting this to be an exercise, now I may get surprised," he said. "We want the pets to be housed properly. [Evacuees] can't carry them into the shleters, so they to be somewhere."
Owners are still expected to care for their animals at the pavilion animal shelter, by visiting them twice a day, feeding them or taking the pet on a walk. However, there are volunteers on-site to still care for, feed, and watch over the animals.
A large shelter in Alexandria is accepting evacuee's and thier pets. This shelter is located on LSU-A campus. As of this morning, only 28 had came in and we're told there is plenty of room.
Avoyelles Correction Center in Marksville has kennels set up and prepared to receive evacuee pets, also.
Haughton (near Shreveport) is on standby to take in pets. They will open as the other shelters start filling up.