CARA's House expands cat facility

Brandie Richardson
CARA's House added three new cat facilities through a $50,000 donation from the Petco Foundation.

After months of being displaced, Ascension Parish's beloved animal shelter, CARA's House, has finally returned to their facility in Sorrento.

After being forced to evacuate and receiving more than six inches of water, the shelter relocated to the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center barns where they worked day-in and day-out to care for hundreds of stray dogs and cats.

The months following the flood, the community showed tremendous support for the shelter, as hundreds of donations and volunteers continuously showed up at Lamar-Dixon to offer any kind of assistance needed.

The workers, volunteers and animals were able to return to their home on Jan. 23. Though not many changes were made to the facility, an expansion to the cat facility was added with three new cat buildings, made possible through a $50,000 grant from the Petco Foundation, said CARA's House Office Manager Brandi Tucker.

"It's amazing to be back," Tucker said. "We were lucky enough to have Lamar-Dixon so we had somewhere to go, but it is amazing to be back in our building."

Currently, most of the flood animals have been adopted, though they are running out of room to house the large amounts of dogs they have taken in.

There are plans to expand the dog kennels to add runs in them once the shelter is able to raise funds for the expansion, which they plan to do through fundraisers, she added. CARA's House will have a Paint Your Pet fundraiser on April 23 at Painting with a Twist in Prairieville. More information can be found at