As the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals celebrates its 125th Anniversary, we pause to reflect on the work the organization has done to achieve one singular goal - improving the lives of animals. Our history reveals that what can be achieved in a day, a year, a decade, or even in a century is not the work of one organization, but rather the work of an entire community of people who have come together over the years to provide a safe haven for all homeless creatures. Our historical timeline represents just a few of the highlights of an organization that grew from a desire to address the mistreatment of horses and mules, and has continued over the years to advocate for all companion animals.
As you scroll through the timeline you also note that the Louisiana SPCA has called several New Orleans neighborhoods home in our 125-year-history - from 57 Carondelet Street – to the synonymous 1319 Japonica Street, which we inhabited for over 20 years and was made famous in a jingle coined by Edward Haslam and Allen Toussaint: "You can find a friend on Japonica Street." To this day many New Orleans residents have fond memories of finding their companion animals at that shelter. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we lost Japonica Street, but we did not lose our passion and mission to shelter and advocate for companion animals.
Hurricane Katrina hit on August 29, 2005. The LA/SPCA was the lead animal welfare agency responding to the emergency situation this city's pets were in. With the help of thousands of volunteers and animal welfare groups from across the country we rescued, provided water, food, shelter, and transported over 8,500 animals to safety following Hurricane Katrina. To learn more about our response to Hurricane Katrina please visit this page.
After the storm destroyed Japonica Street we launched a two-year capital campaign -- Come. Stay. Heal. – to raise funds to build a brand new shelter at 1700 Mardi Gras Boulevard -- Phase 1 was completed in 2007 and we opened a brand new state of the art facility at our current location of Mardi Gras Boulevard in the New Orleans neighborhood of Algiers.
In 2013 we broke ground on Phase 2 to fully replace and increase the services lost in Hurricane Katrina, including a permanent public veterinary clinic, humane education spaces, and a state-of-the-art Adoption Wing showcasing the animals available for adoption.
Check out our Programs and Services section to see what the Louisiana SPCA currently has to offer. We are proud of our accomplishments over the years, and know it is because of the dedication of many animal lovers that we are able to do what we do. We thank you and all the others who have had a hand or paw in our journey.
Click here to visit our historical timeline.