NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency says nearly $8 million in consolidated funding has been set aside for the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, allowing the private, nonprofit to construct their new animal control facility on higher ground.

The Louisiana SPCA's facility, which provided care and basic medical services for homeless animals, after Hurricane Katrina sustained significant damage from both wind and floodwaters.

FEMA officials said Monday that through its grant, the SPCA will build a new facility near the bank of the Mississippi River on higher ground, making it less vulnerable to future flooding.