TEWKSBURY, Mass., Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The catastrophic flooding that left parts of Louisiana submerged in water and forced thousands of families from their homes also left hundreds of dogs and cats homeless and in need of care. These pets were either separated from their families or displaced from another shelter, and while they wait to be rescued, it has been a major effort by local volunteers and rescue organizations to provide them with a temporary home and proper nutrition.
One such shelter is the Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge (CAABR), which alone took in 650 animals during and after the Louisiana flooding. To help ensure these pets have the nutrition they need to stay healthy, WellPet, maker of Wellness® Natural Pet Food and Old Mother Hubbard®, recently donated nearly 50,000 pounds of food and treats to the CAABR and neighboring shelters. The flooding has presented shelters with an influx of challenges: Sometimes the shelters know of a pet's family, but aren't able to locate them. Other times, families are no longer able to care for the pet because of lost homes or other flood-related difficulties and financial burdens. While shelter employees work tirelessly to reconnect pets with their loved ones or find them new homes in nearby cities and states, they're relying on donations to help meet the needs of the pets in their care. "We're so grateful to the team at WellPet for making this donation," said Beth Brewster, executive director at CAABR. "We find many of these pets tired, hungry and scared, but because of WellPet's contribution and others like it, we're able to provide them with quality nutrition while they wait to be reunited with their families or forever homes. This donation will also be helping many other rescues." The donation was made possible through the WellPet Foundation, which supports organizations and activities that promote the power of natural nutrition and the benefits of healthy, active lifestyles. WellPet's recent donation will help bring the benefits of natural nutrition to the hundreds of cats and dogs who have been displaced, ensuring they not only have enough to eat, but are getting the quality nutrients they need to stay active and healthy. "When we heard about the sheer number of displaced animals in Louisiana, we knew we needed to do something to help," said Chanda Leary-Coutu, senior marketing manager at WellPet. "At WellPet, we do whatever it takes to make the healthiest natural products for the pets that depend on us, and that includes the shelter pets who need us most. We're proud to give what we can to these dogs and cats in need and hope it helps them feel their best while they wait to go home." The CAABR has a simple, but important mission to expedite the exit of animals from the shelter system by helping lost pets return to their owners, offering creative adoption initiatives, partnering with rescue organizations, and building an active foster care program and donations play an integral role in helping them carry out these efforts. To learn more about how to help organizations like CAABR, visit www.caabr.org. About Companion Animal Alliance:Companion Animal Alliance is the community shelter for East Baton Rouge Parish. Our mission is to reduce the number of animals entering the shelter through community programs, treat animals humanely while they are in our care, find forever homes, foster homes or rescues for lost and abandoned animals and to return lost pets to their family About Wellness ®:At Wellness, we do whatever it takes to create the healthiest foods for the pets that depend on us. We're a family owned company on a passionate mission to raise the bar in pet food and give pets the gift of healthy and happy lives. That means we use the finest, natural ingredients, ensure the highest quality standards, and create delicious recipes pets crave. In other words, we make sure our passion for pets shines through every aspect of what we do. Like you, we know that our pets provide us unconditional love, and providing uncompromising nutrition is one way we can do the same for them. To learn more about Wellness Natural Pet Food, visit wellnesspetfood.com and Facebook.com/WellnessPetFood, and find Wellness on Instagram and Twitter: @wellnesspetfood. Old Mother Hubbard ® - "Give 'Em Some Snack Love ®"Since 1926, Old Mother Hubbard ®, a proud member of the WellPet ® family of brands, has used the same simple methods to bake our snacks for dogs. Each home-style recipe is carefully crafted from wholesome ingredients that allow dog owners to feel good about giving their dogs a reward that is healthy and heartfelt. Visit www.oldmotherhubbard.com to learn more. Find Old Mother Hubbard on Twitter - twitter.com/omhpetsnacks. Join Old Mother Hubbard on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/OMHpetsnacks.