The number of feral cats in this country is in the millions. Animal welfare organizations in every region battle with the grim realities of thousands of kittens born every year to feral cats, exponentially increasing an uncontrolled population. Trap-Neuter-Return, a program that attempts to corral feral cat populations into manageable colonies, is recognized as the most humane and effective way to control the booming feral cat population. The Louisiana SPCA has solicited and received grant funds from PetSmart Charities to target and track a particular neighborhood feral cat population.
With this grant, we will provide 2,324 free spay/neuter surgeries for feral cats within a specific set of boundaries. Over the next two years, the data and impact we make will be carefully charted. With proven results the Louisiana SPCA will demonstrate this targeted approach can work in other neighborhoods, areas, and regions. We are so excited to launch this new program dubbed Algiers Alley cats. It is because of your support we can continue creating impactful programs that make a difference in our community. Find out more about the Louisiana SPCA Trap-Neuter-Return program: www.la-spca.org/tnr. Want to give back? Sponsor a cat.
Laurie and Leaky's paths crossed last week. Leaky, a 13 year old brown and gray Lab, was brought to the LA/SPCA our Development Team, Dean and Rebecca. In a departure from their usual work day, Dean and Rebecca had responded when a concerned citizen reported a limping brown Lab was roaming in his neighborhood. Dr. Backsen, our shelter veterinarian, checked Leaky out and found an old broken leg had healed itself accounting for the limp, bad teeth, and at 13 years old, a plethora of age related issues. Laurie, the LA/SPCA’s lost and found coordinator, was given the task of locating Leaky’s family. It was obvious this well traveled dog was someone’s pet; the stray dogs we usually see are young and sturdy. This little gal was none of the above!
So, Laurie did what she does best: she found Leaky’s owner. Leaky was adopted from the LA/SPCA four months before the biggest life changing event in New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina. We knew that because she had a microchip that we had implanted, but the microchip was unregistered and did not have any owner information. Like any good detective would, Laurie started a paper search. She pulled all adoption records from March – June of 2005. Laurie went through each and every animal, hundreds, searching for this dog’s description and possible microchip number match. Against all odds she found Leaky in all of that paperwork! Now she had a phone number, name and address.
The number she dialed was disconnected. Laurie stepped up her search. On her day off, she drove to the address listed on the adoption paperwork. She knocked on the door, but no one answered. So she knocked next door, and then across the street, and then next door to that. Finally, someone opened their door. That neighbor recognized Leaky and gave Laurie a good phone number.
The next day Leaky’s owner’s granddaughter came to pick up Leaky. And she told Laurie that her grandmother, Leaky’s mom, was coming home from the hospital that very day. Leaky was going to make his mom’s homecoming infinitely more special. Laurie makes these matches daily at the Louisiana SPCA and is just one of the many impassioned people that make our organization stronger. In fact, when you ask Laurie about this incredible story she just smiles and says, "well that’s my job!"
The Extra Effort
The Louisiana SPCA launched a Food Bank this summer in hopes of keeping more pets in homes. The Louisiana SPCA provides pet food for any pet owner who demonstrates a need. So far we've helped 14 families keep their pets in their home. With an average of 19 pets arriving unwanted and homeless to our shelter daily, these 14 homes make the difference for our pets. Support our extra efforts today.