Acadiana Animal Aid, a nonprofit animal shelter in Lafayette Parish, suffered about $50,000 in damage during Hurricane Delta.

Jeanine Foucher, executive director of the shelter, said they were extremely grateful that no lives were lost to the hurricane — human or animal — however, the shelter is facing serious obstacles to its mission of caring for animals "until they all have a home."

First, Foucher said, as of Tuesday morning they still had no power, "just like so many people around, Lafayette, Carencro and the surrounding areas." That's especially challenging, she said, for the animals who are suffering from illnesses such as ringworm and parvo. 

"This really has a profound impact on our life saving ability until they are repaired," she said.

The storm also destroyed 18 isolation kennels used to quarantine animals before they're allowed to join the shelter's general population. Seven years ago, it cost the nonprofit about $20,000 to build the kennels.

"They're not something that can be repaired, they will have to be completely replaced," Foucher said. "$20,000 is a significant amount of money, but the lifesaving that can occur because of the $20,000 makes it absolutely worth it."

The kennels also house dogs before they're transported to other no-kill shelters and their new homes.

"This is something we use on the daily. We've been assisting some of our local shelters who have been evacuating animals for flights. We've been able to house them here overnight so they could leave the next day on a flight to get out of here," Foucher said.

Several other areas of the shelter also received damage. Two large trees fell on the shelter's cat cottage, the roof was partially taken off a barn used for storage and another building was lifted off its foundation.

"It really had a negative impact for Acadiana Animal Aid, the wind was devastating," Foucher said.

The dogs have indoor, outdoor access. The adult cats were moved to the shelter's "catio" when the building was deemed safe.

"We just received $10,000 from the Banfield Foundation to help us purchase a generator, but we believe it will cost us roughly $20,000," Foucher said. "So, we're not only looking at repairs to the transport kennels, but probably an additional outlay of cash to help us actually get that generator."


Email Kristin Askelson at kaskelson@theadvocate.com.