September 2011

Tail Mail

Fighting Overpopulation
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.

Leaky's Champion
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.



CEO's Corner

Back to school is such an exciting time of year. As the weather becomes bearable and the classrooms become filled it's important to remember our pets as we settle into new routines. Pets thrive on routine and as we shift our daily life to include school, extra-curricular activities, and early bed times don't forget Fido, or in my case, Sparky, might be feeling a little left out. To combat any doggy blues create a new routine just for your pooch. Take him for longer walks in this wonderful weather and be sure to pay some extra attention to him when you get home.
   A fantastic way to bond a bit more with your dog is through dog obedience class. Fall doesn't mean back to school for just the kids. Our affordable obedience programs offer a link to communicating with your pets and go beyond basic commands. From Beginner's to Flyball to Agility there is something for every skill level. The Louisiana SPCA offers affordable obedience classes to residents in our area. Consider obedience for your pet in your town.

Woofs and Wags,
Ana Zorrilla
CEO

Howling Success: November 5

The Louisiana SPCA's biggest fundraiser of the year is just around the corner. Consider coming to town to this annual event held on November 5 this year. Chef John Besh is cooking up delightful bites with celebrity chairs Jennifer Finnigan and Jonathan Silverman. With the event held at the new Hyatt, you can be the first to enjoy their first class accommodations.


New Orleans Chef John Besh

 


   

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