The Humane Society of Louisiana leads the fight against cruelty to animals statewide. Based in New Orleans since 1988, the nonprofit animal protection charity is 100% reliant on private contributions and is not affiliated with any other animal protection agency. The group focuses on cruelty investigation and prevention and operates a sanctuary for abused and neglected animals. It also operates all volunteer chapters in rural areas of the state, where no other shelters or rescue groups exist. The agency's shelter in New Orleans was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina, after its animals were evacuated two hours north, to Tylertown. From that site, the agency operated a grassroots rescue effort that helped saved the lives of more than 1500 animals. Today, the Humane Society of Louisiana is working to rebuild its facility and its programs, after losing the core of its local membership and volunteer base.