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Pet Lovers

Here in Louisiana, pets are part of our lives as much as anything else. Let the Louisiana SPCA help you care for your pet! 

COVID-19 & Pets

COVID-19 Update

 

We know that pet owners are concerned about COVID-19, especially with cases in humans reported in Louisiana, and we want to ensure that Louisiana's pet owners are up-to-date with the current information regarding their pet’s well-being. The Louisiana SPCA is following guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are encouraging you to do the same during this time. We are practicing enhanced cleaning protocols and social distancing to ensure our visitors and team's safety. All of our locations will be closed for walk-in visitors until further notice. You will not be allowed in the building without an appointment. 

How you can help

 

Donate

Wish List

At this time we are only able to accept physical donations of food for our Food Pantry. If you have household items such as blankets, bedding and newspaper, please hold on to them until we resume normal operations. Until then, we recommend purchasing an item from our Wish List linked above

program updates

Food Pantry

Our food pantry is open to pet parents from any parish! If you are struggling to purchase food, litter or other basic pet necessities we are here to help. Please note that pet food delivery is only available to New Orleans and Plaquemines Parish pet parents. To participate in the food pantry, click here

Adopt

Adoptions are currently being done by appointment only. To adopt, fill out the adoption application and note which adoptable you are interested in. Please note that our adoption center is closed to walk-in foot traffic. 

Foster

Please consider opening your home to an animal in need by fostering one of our adoptable animals. To foster, please fill out the foster application

Volunteer Program

The Louisiana SPCA has decided to put a hold on our volunteer program. Due to the incredible work done by staff and volunteers alike, we have been able to get nearly all of our animals into a foster home or adopted. Because of this, there is not a need at this time for volunteer work. Additionally, we feel it will be safer and more responsible for everyone to ask you all to stay at home. Please do not come to the shelter unless you have an appointment with our community clinic. Anyone that had a volunteer appointment scheduled with us should not show up.

Community Clinic

Spay/Neuter 

We are currently not doing public spay/neuter procedures but are hoping to start again soon! TNR has now resumed. 

Heartworm Treatment

We are committed to providing our patients currently undergoing Heartworm Treatment with their 2nd and 3rd round of injections. However, we will not begin 1st injections at this time.  

Wellness Appointments

We are not an emergency clinic and if you feel your pet is in need of immediate attention, please call your nearest full service veterinary hospital for assistance.  

As a reminder, please review the protocols below to keep both you and our team safe! If your pet needs a wellness exam, you can request an appointment online at www.la-spca.org/appointments.

We are requiring everyone to remain in their car when you arrive for your appointment.  Please call 504.762.3355 when you arrive.  We will send a team member to your car to assist in this process.

Please only call this number when you have arrived and not when you are on your way.  It might seem like this will speed things up, but this might stop a team member that is helping someone that is already here. We appreciate your patience as it might take longer than usual. This phone number is a dedicated line that is intended for this purpose only. All other calls should be directed to our Community Clinic at 504.363.1333.   

Again, due to the current circumstance we are not able to answer your phone calls live.  Please leave a message and someone will get back to you within 24 hours.  We appologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this time.  

Online Pharmacy 

Please continue to consider using our online pharmacy as a resource for getting your pet’s supplies delivered straight to your door. This includes heartworm and flea prevention, Hill’s, Royal Canin and Purina Diets.  

Stray Animals

We are still open to providing shelter, love and care to homeless animals in our community. If you find a stray animal, please call us at 504.368.5191 before you bring them to our New Orleans or Plaquemines Parish Campuses. Please know that we cannot accept out of parish strays at this time. All stray animals must be brought to the parish shelter where they are found. 

Lost Pet

If you lose your pet please complete our online lost pet report

Owner Surrenders

At this time, no new owner surrender appointments at either facility will be made. If you are struggling to keep your pet, please call us at 504.368.5191. We will do our best to help provide you with resources to keep your pet in your home as long as possible. 

Humane Law and Animal Control

Our New Orleans Humane Law & Rescue team will be responding to emergency calls only. This primarily includes bite cases and injured animals. To report emergency animal issues in Orleans Parish call 504.368.591 x100. For updates on Plaquemines Parish Animal Control visit the parish website

NO Fleas Market

For the safety of our team and shoppers NO Fleas Market on Magazine Street is closed until further notice. Shoppers can still support the animals by purchasing items through our online shop

Events

All community events have been cancelled or postponed at this time.  

 

COVID-19 Pet FAQs

Can pets transmit COVID-19?

There is currently no evidence that you can get COVID-19 from your pet. If you test positive for the Corona virus and have to self-quarantine, keep your pet with you at home. Your pet does not need to be surrendered to an animal shelter or rescue group. Help us keep pets and people together! 

What if I have to be hospitalized due to COVID-19? 

While it's not fun to imagine, now is an important time to create a plan for your pet in case you get sick. This week, we strongly encourage you gather any members of your household and walk through the following steps to ensure your animals will be well cared for in the event of an emergency.

  1. Know the facts: According to the CDC,there is no evidence people can get COVID-19 from pets.The best place for your animal is inside the home they know and love. If you aren't feeling well but are still able to provide care for your pet, please keep them at home with you where they're more comfortable.
  2. Pet Testing. According to the CDC, testing for cats and dogs is now available via some veterinary industry and diagnostic labs – making testing for individual pet owners a possibility. Despite the availability of testing, it is NOT recommended for most owners or shelters except in the very specific situations in which all three of the following criteria are met:
    o Direct (same household) exposure to a known COVID-19 positive person
    o Pet is showing signs of illness (respiratory)
    o Diagnostics for other causes of symptoms for URI have been done (PE, Respiratory panel)
  3. If you do become too ill to physically care for your pet or you need to be hospitalized, who can take over for you? Is there anyone else in your home who could help? Maybe a neighbor, friend, coworker, or family member who could take them in? Even a groomer, daycare, or boarding facility may be able to help in your time of need with advance notice. But the most important thing you can do today is come up with two potential pet plans and talk directly with those people so they're prepared in case they're called into action
  4. Prepare a pet supply kit. It may not seem necessary today, but we promise it will be hugely helpful if you find yourself in an emergency situation without the ability to track down proper supplies. Your kit should include the following as best as you're able:
    • Name and contact information for the person who can care for your pets
    • Name and contact information about your back-up just in case your go-to is no longer able to help
    • Food, treats, a leash, a couple of toys, and any other supplies necessary to care for your pet for at least two weeks
    • A crate or carrier to transport your pet
    • Vaccination records
    • Collars with ID tags (and don't forget to make sure your pet's microchip information is up to date)
    • Medications and prescriptions, along with a list of instructions
    • Daily care instructions
    • Contact information for your veterinary clinic

With your whole family on board and a plan in place, you'll feel a bit better about your pet's safety knowing they're in good hands no matter what challenges may arise.

 

Check out this PDF for some ideas on back-up plans for your pet 

Important resources

For trusted sources on up-to-date information for pets and people, the Louisiana SPCA recommends the following:

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Woofs and Meows to our COVID-19 response partners

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