The Humane Society of the United States has pledged a $600,000 grant to go towards construction of an emergency animal shelter and medical clinic in Louisiana in case of a natural disaster or evacuation.
The year-round animal shelter will be built on the ground of the Dixon state prison and will be able to hold up to 500 animals. Trained inmates will care for the pets.
“This is a win-win situation for everyone involved,” said Warden James LeBlanc. “In addition to the benefit for the animals, the inmates have a long-term opportunity to incorporate animal care and handling into their rehabilitation regimens.”
Construction is scheduled to be completed in April.