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Dog rescued from horrible conditions ready for adoption!
5/10/2017

Rescued dog Dahlia

After months of critical medical care, a sweet dog affectionately named ‘Dahlia’ is looking for her forever home.

On February 16, 2017, the Louisiana SPCA assisted the Humane Society of the United States during an animal cruelty rescue in Claiborne Parish. They found four dogs living in horrible conditions. Three were inside a dilapidated home, walking on layers of urine and feces. Outside, the rescuers found a fourth dog, who was named Dahlia by the rescue team, in a makeshift shelter made out of tarp. The dog, unable to stand, was hairless, with crusty skin, and sores all over her body.

Dahlia, the 8-year-old retriever/labrador mix found under the blue tarp, was brought to the Louisiana SPCA and diagnosed with sarcoptic mange (a highly contagious skin disease), ringworm, heartworm, and a number of other health issues. Since February, the shelter staff have been treating and caring for Dahlia around-the-clock.

Dahlia Before and AfterLouisiana SPCA Supervisor Kate Kelley says, “Like her namesake, it’s been amazing to see just how much Dahlia has blossomed. Her fur is growing back, she gets healthier every day, and this is the first time she’s ever known what it’s like to be loved. To see Dahlia come back to life after being on the brink of death is why we work so hard for the animals we serve every day.”

Dahlia has lived her entire life outside with no medical care or socialization. She’s a sweet and gentle dog who needs a human companion that can help her come out of her shell and thrive in the ‘modern word.’ To see Dahlia’s recovery, please watch this video.

Through the generosity of the Humane Society of the United States, Dahlia received thousands of dollars-worth of medical care and is microchipped, spayed, up to date on vaccinations, and is available to a good home. She is currently going through heartworm treatment and her adoption package will include a complimentary dental and heartworm recheck within the first year. For more information about Dahlia, call 504.368.5191.

 

"It's Hip to Microchip" Event
4/17/2017

A Louisiana SPCA Pop-up Clinic powered by Entergy!

It's Hip to Microchip Pop-up Clinic

 

WHO The Louisiana SPCA and Entergy
WHAT "It's Hip to Microchip" Pop-up Clinic
WHEN Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
WHERE New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Office (2100 Leon C. Simon Dr.)

 

Why take the risk? Get your pet microchipped for FREE! The Louisiana SPCA is holding an “It’s Hip to Microchip” event on Saturday, April 22nd, from 10 am – 3 pm at the New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board Office located at 2100 Leon C. Simon Dr. The pop-up clinic is made possible thanks to a $15,000 grant from Entergy New Orleans.

Pet caretakers who bring their DOGS to receive the FREE microchip and rabies vaccine must live in zip codes 70114, 70117, 70122, 70126, 70127, 70128, 70129, 70131 and 70148 and show proof of residency. All dogs must be on leashes or in carriers.

Louisiana SPCA Community Outreach Director Lori Haeuser says, “Entergy’s generosity will allow 200 dogs to receive veterinary care and we’re proud to offer these services to beloved family pets in need.”

Appointment setters will be on-site to schedule FREE spay/neuter surgeries, additional vaccinations & shelter services. Recipients will also get Entergy giveaways and mosquito & heartworm disease information.

“We’re proud to power the important work the Louisiana SPCA does in helping our customers be responsible pet owners and learn more about how best to take care of their beloved family pets,” says Toni Green-Brown, public affairs manager at Entergy New Orleans. “Through pop-up clinics such as this one, customers who may not otherwise be able to afford these services will have the chance to get the care their pets need.”

The Pop-up Clinic is made possible by Entergy New Orleans, the Louisiana SPCA and New Orleans Mosquito Control.

For more information, call 504.368.5191 or click here.

 

Nobunny wants a homeless rabbit this Easter
4/12/2017

 

Adoptable BunnyEach year hundreds of rabbits are turned into local shelters, humane societies, rabbit rescues or released into the wild soon after the Easter holiday. While rabbits can make great companion animals, the Louisiana SPCA encourages potential rabbit owners to thoroughly research the care of these fragile creatures before making a casual decision to bring one home.

In the last two years, the Louisiana SPCA took in more than 80 rabbits from the Greater New Orleans area. Often times new rabbit owners do not realize that rabbits can live up to 10-15 years and require as much care as a dog or cat. Rabbits must be spayed or neutered, house trained and homes bunny-proofed as they love to chew electrical cords, rugs, books and even furniture. These physically delicate animals are easily frightened, will often resist interaction and can be hurt by even the gentlest child.

“Rabbits can be a wonderful companion animal in the right home, but we often see impulse purchases of bunnies and chicks this time of year,” says Louisiana SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla. “The Louisiana SPCA encourages parents to take a moment and consider the realities of living with a rabbit before making that important decision to bring one into your home.”

When it comes to Easter bunnies, the Louisiana SPCA encourages you to go chocolate or plush! Marshmallow chicks are also a great substitute for real chicks.

 

Postponement of the 2nd Annual Brunch Fest NOLA
3/24/2017

Expected severe weather moves event to new date.

 

BrunCH Fest NOLA 2017 reschedule graphic

 

Due to severe weather forecasted for this Saturday, March 25th, the Louisiana SPCA has decided to postpone the 2nd Annual Brunch Fest NOLA at Crescent Park.

Louisiana SPCA Development Director Dean Howard says, “After consulting with local weather authorities and meteorologists, it appears the bulk of the storms are expected during the event. With the high winds and lightning that is forecasted, the safety of our staff, volunteers, guests, and the community’s animals is our highest priority.”

The 2nd Annual Brunch Fest NOLA will now be held on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Crescent Park.

General admission or VIP tickets bought in advance will still be honored on the new date. Anyone who needs their tickets refunded can call the Louisiana SPCA at 504.368.5191 or email preston@la-spca.org.

 

Kids & Mutts Strut the Runway for a Good Cause!
3/17/2017

New Orleans Fashion Week’s ‘Kid’s Runway Day’ to benefit the Louisiana SPCA!

New Orleans Fashion Week Kid's Runway Day

 

WHO New Orleans Fashion Week and The Louisiana SPCA
WHAT New Orleans Fashion Week Kid's Runway Day benefiting the animals of the Louisiana SPCA
WHEN Sunday, March 19, 2017
WHERE Fulton Street Square (228 Poydras St.)

 

The Louisiana SPCA is excited to be chosen as the benefiting partner for New Orleans Fashion Week’s Kid’s Runway Day on Sunday, March 19.

Attendees will get to see adoptable dogs pair up with models and take the runway. The dogs are microchipped, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and are looking for a loving home. Their new best friend might be somewhere in the crowd!

New Orleans Fashion Week founder Tracee Dundas says, “We’re so excited to have our models pair up with lovable dogs for this event. The Louisiana SPCA does so much for animals in our community, and we think this is a great way for us to be able to give back.”

Tickets to the runway show are $20. Attendees can use promo code: FASHIONFIDO to donate $5 from their ticket to the Louisiana SPCA. Tickets can be bought here.

 

Love is a five letter word: Adopt
2/10/2017

Find "the one" at the Louisiana SPCA this Valentine's Day weekend!

Unleash your love adoption special

WHO The Louisiana SPCA
WHAT Unleash Your Love adoption special
WHEN February 11-12
WHERE 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70114

 

Come in to adopt this weekend and take home your soul mate for $14! The promotion applies to dogs and cats 6 months and older. As always, the adoption fee includes your new sweetheart’s spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchip.

Don’t forget to stock up on collars, leashes, bowls, treats, and everything you need to get started from the retail section of the adoptions floor. All items are 25% off through Valentine’s Day. If buying items online, use promo code: VAL2017. The sale is also honored at the Louisiana SPCA’s NO Fleas resale store Uptown on Magazine Street. We have everything you need to start your new relationship on the right paw!

Visit www.la-spca.org/adopt to see who's looking for love. Please note that normal adoption procedures do apply.

 

Louisiana SPCA makes urgent call for donations
2/8/2017

The Louisiana SPCA has all of its Humane Law Officers responding to requests for rescue and assistance in the aftermath of the massive tornado that devastated parts of New Orleans East Tuesday afternoon. Humane Officers rescued several dogs that were injured and are receiving medical care.

The City of New Orleans has requested that the Louisiana SPCA set up a temporary pet shelter at the NORDC facility in Joe Brown Park in New Orleans East. Louisiana SPCA staff are also at the park handing out dog and cat food, supplies, and crates to help displaced pet owners in need.

The Louisiana SPCA is asking for the public to donate pet food and supplies to help affected families with pets. Specifically, UNOPENED dry cat and dog food and large air crates are needed. Donations can be dropped off at these locations:

  • Louisiana SPCA
    • 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd.
    • 504-368-5191
  • Canine Connection
    • 4920 Tchoupitoulas
    • 504-218-4098
  • Camp Bow Wow - MIDCITY
    • 3301 Conti Street
    • 504-309-9939
  • NO Fleas Market
    • 4228 Magazine Street
    • 504-900-1446
  • Demo Diva Demolition
    • 6246 Memphis Street
    • 504-486-4121

Items can be ordered off of the Louisiana SPCA’s Amazon wish list and shipped directly to the organization by going to www.la-spca.org/amazonwishlist. Additionally, donations can be made at www.la-spca.org/donate.

Families impacted by the tornado who are in need of clothing can go to the Louisiana SPCA’s NO Fleas Market Uptown and receive a $50 voucher to shop there. They will need to show a valid ID from the following zip codes that were hit:

  • 70127
  • 70128
  • 70129

The Louisiana SPCA is also in need of short term foster homes to move shelter animals out in order to make space for those being rescued. Foster homes able to help with medium or larger dogs are most needed right now. Please contact allie@la-spca.org if you are available to help.

Anyone needing assistance including finding lost pets should call the Louisiana SPCA at 504.368.5191 x100.

 

Louisiana SPCA to assist with tornado relief
2/7/2017

The Louisiana SPCA is offering assistance to pet owners affected by the severe weather that blew through the city. Early Tuesday afternoon, tornados touched down in New Orleans East and several other areas, causing injuries and major damage to homes and businesses. The Louisiana SPCA is working with the City of New Orleans to help residents with pets who were affected.

Louisiana SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla says, “People aren’t the only ones dealing with the aftermath of the storm, their pets are too. If a family doesn’t have a roof over their heads tonight, they’ll have to worry about what to do with their pets as well, and we’re here to help.”

Some residents affected by the storm are unable to pick up their pets that are receiving medical services from the Louisiana SPCA’s Community Clinic. “We’ve had quite a few pet owners call and say they’re dealing with damage and won’t be able to come get their pets. We’ve assured them that we’ll feed and take care of them, so that’s one less thing they have to worry about until they can come get them tomorrow,” says Zorrilla.

The Louisiana SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement officers are also ready to help any pets and community animals that might have been injured by the storm. Please call 504.368.5191 x 100 for more information.

Protect pets during winter weather!
1/6/2017

Freeze warning, wind chill advisory and wind advisory issuaed for the New Orleans Metro area.

The Louisiana SPCA is reminding residents to protect their pets from the severe weather that has moved into our area.

  • Wind Advisory January 6, 6 p.m. until January 7, 9 a.m.
  • Wind Chill Advisory January 6, 9 p.m. until January 7, 10 a.m.
  • Freeze Warning January 7, 12 a.m. until January 7, 9 a.m.

The freeze warning affects several parishes including Orleans and Jefferson. Sleet and freezing rain are impacting the Northshore with cold rain on the Southshore. Temperatures on both sides of the lake are expected to dip into the 20’s Saturday night going into Sunday morning. The blustery weather could kill crops and it will be especially harmful for pets, so residents need to bring them inside.

The Louisiana SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement division will be handling all concerning animals without shelter as high priority. In Orleans Parish, it’s against the law to keep pets outdoors when temps fall below 32 degrees. Even if the temperature is above the low 30’s, adequate shelter must be provided. Puppies, kittens, and senior pets are particularly sensitive to colder temperatures.

The Louisiana SPCA urges residents to keep the following safety tips in mind for pets during this time:

  • Make sure your pet has fresh, clean water at all times, as pets can become dehydrated in winter weather.
  • Gas furnaces and electric heaters should not be left on in a home unattended. It can create a fire hazard and animals left alone cannot signal for help.
  • As your dog or cat snuggles up to the warmth, keep an eye out to make sure that no tails or paws come in contact with flames, heating coils, or hot surfaces.
  • Cats tend to curl up in tire wheel wells and under the hood of cars to escape cold weather, so make sure it’s a routine to knock on your hood before starting the engine.
  • The easiest thing to remember is if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pets.

To report calls of animals without shelter, please call the Louisiana SPCA Humane Law Enforcement team at 504.368.5191 ext. 100.

 

Have a big heart for these Little Loves!
1/3/2017

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Perhaps a rabbit is ‘somebunny’ you’ve been looking for? From rabbits, to guinea pigs, and parakeets, all of our small animals are ready to ‘hop’ into your heart. Now through January 31, all of our small animals are available for $10.

The Louisiana SPCA has plenty of rabbits looking for their furrever homes. There are many benefits to owning a rabbit: they’re cute, quiet, and clean. Some benefits include:

  • They’re green. Rabbits eat an assortment of greens. You can either grow their food in your backyard or take a trip to the produce section of your local grocery store.
  • Composting. You can use their recycled litter and droppings in a compost pile to fertilize your garden.
  • Paper Shredders. Rabbits seem to think they’re expert paper shredders. Naturally, they need to chew since they’re teeth grow. They’ll be happy to shred your personal documents for you, saving you money and a trip to office supply store.
  • Hardly a Peep. Rabbits are quiet. If you live in an apartment, have close neighbors, or are a light sleeper, a rabbit is the perfect companion for you.
  • Small Space. Small homes or apartments are ideal for a rabbit. They don’t require a lot of space and don’t need to be walked. As long as they get a couple of hours of exercise a day, they won’t get in your hare. (pun intended).

For more information about our Little Loves, call 504.368.5191 or visit www.la-spca.org/adopt.

 

Christmas Countdown: Turn an animal's life around
12/12/2016

The Louisiana SPCA has an item for everyone on your list and more this holiday season. Each idea benefits the animals that we serve.

Retail

Show your support for the Louisiana SPCA with our branded merchandise. Shop online or in person at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd to find shirts, hats, merchandise, and accessories for you and your fur babies. You can also visit our resale shop NO Fleas Market at 4228 Magazine Street for clothing and home goods. A portion of the proceeds support medical treatment for animals in our Community Clinic.

Dine Out for a Purpose with Zea

Treat your loved ones to dinner while making a difference. For every table that presents a flyer or mentions the Louisiana SPCA through December, Zea will donate 10% of the sales you bring in, right back to the animals in our care. Order your favorite Zea’s meal for lunch, dinner, or take out, mention us, and the restaurant will do the rest. This opportunity is only available at the Westbank location at 1121 Manhattan Blvd.

Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption & Delivery Program

Help the animals at the Louisiana SPCA find their forever home in time for the holidays! Through December 23rd, ALL adoptables are available for $25. Make someone’s holiday by participating in our Holiday Delivery program and give your loved one a gift they won’t forget. For a $75 donation, we will deliver your newly adopted pet on either Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa.

Gift Wrapping

Get your gifts and leave the wrapping to us! Louisiana SPCA volunteers will be wrapping gifts on 12/17, 12/21-24 at Clearview Mall, located at 4436 Veterans Blvd. Donations are appreciated and will go toward our Special Needs Fund. For more information, call 504.368.5191.

The Dog Show

Don’t miss The Dog Show exhibit at Studio Inferno in Arabi, 6601 St. Claude Ave. The dog-inspired art showcase goes through February 11th. A percentage of the proceeds from art sold benefits the Louisiana SPCA and St. Bernard Parish Animal Services.

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Big Night New Orleans is one of the top New Year’s Eve celebrations in New Orleans. The countdown to 2017 takes place at the Hyatt Regency on December 31st. BNNO has chosen the Louisiana SPCA as its charitable partner and will receive a portion of the ticket sales when purchased through this link: www.la-spca.org/nye2017.

Donate

Finally, for the animal lover who has it all, consider making a donation to the Louisiana SPCA in that person’s honor. Not only will they receive a personalized notice letting them know about the donation, but you can celebrate the holidays knowing you made a difference in a four-legged friends’ life.

Protect pets during winter weather!
12/7/2016

The Louisiana SPCA is reminding residents to protect their pets as temperatures are expected to take a drastic dip with a strong cold front moving into the area Thursday morning. Lows are expected to fall into the 30’s on the Northshore Thursday night with highs in the 40’s on Friday.

The Louisiana SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement division will be handling all calls concerning animals without shelter as high priority. In Orleans Parish, it’s against the law to keep pets outdoors when the temperature falls below 32 degrees. Even if the temperature is above the low 30’s, adequate shelter must be provided. Puppies, kittens, and senior pets are particularly sensitive to colder temperatures.

The Louisiana SPCA urges residents to keep the following safety tips in mind for pets during this time:

  • Make sure your pet has fresh, clean water at all times, as pets can become dehydrated in winter weather.
  • Gas furnaces and electric heaters should not be left on in a home unattended. It can create a fire hazard and animals left alone cannot signal for help.
  • As your dog or cat snuggles up to the warmth, keep an eye out to make sure that no tails or paws come in contact with flames, heating coils, or hot surfaces.
  • Cats tend to curl up in tire wheel wells and under the hood of cars to escape cold weather, so make sure it’s a routine to knock on your hood before starting the engine.

The easiest thing to remember is if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pets. For more weather tips visit www.la-spca.org/weatherprecautions.

To report calls of animals without shelter, please contact the Louisiana SPCA's Humane Law Enforcement team at 504.368.5191 ext. 100.

Home for the Holidays & Special Delivery Program
12/1/2016

Have the Louisiana SPCA deliver holiday joy to your doorstep!

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WHO The Louisiana SPCA
WHAT Home for the Holidays & Special Delivery Program
WHEN December 1 - 23
WHERE 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70114

 

Help the animals at the Louisiana SPCA find their forever homes in time for the holidays! From December 1-23, ALL adoptables will be available for $25.

Make someone’s holiday by participating in our Holiday Delivery program and give your loved one a gift that they won’t forget. For a $75 donation, we will deliver your newly adopted pet on either Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa. This program is available for all animals adopted from the Louisiana SPCA two weeks prior to the desired delivery date.

To view all of the animals available for adoption and to learn more about Home for the Holidays and the holiday delivery program visit www.la-spca.org/adoptables. Regular adoption procedures will apply.

 

Indulge in our Black Friday Bake Sale for humans!
11/23/2016

Grab a dessert. Make a difference!

 

WHAT Black Friday Bake Sale

WHO Louisiana SPCA volunteers

WHEN Friday, November 25
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

WHERE Louisiana SPCA
1700 Mardi Gras Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70114

 

If you’re still craving more goodies or need a break from shopping, stop by the Louisiana SPCA on Black Friday and pick up a dessert to enjoy with friends or family. Enjoy sweet treats and meet the adoptable dogs and cats looking for their forever homes.

All proceeds from the bake sale benefit the Louisiana SPCA’s Special Needs Fund. The fund was created by volunteers challenged with the slow pace of heartworm positive dog adoptions. The money raised helps provide treatment for heartworm positive dogs adopted from the shelter, specialty surgeries, and some special equipment needs.

If anyone is interested in donating homemade or store-bought desserts, the Louisiana SPCA will gladly take them to sell at our bake sale.

 

Several states seeing parvovirus outbreak
11/16/2016

A bad Parvo strain is plaguing many states across the nation including Texas, Michigan and Arizona. Canine Parvovirus spreads like wildfire in the summer but is rare around this time of year, however, veterinarians are seeing a rise in cases. The Louisiana SPCA has had 17 parvo cases so far this year, more than 10 of those since September.

Parvo can turn deadly for puppies and unvaccinated adult dogs. The disease is mainly found in dogs with low immune systems and can only be transmitted through feces. Symptoms include bloody diarrhea, lack of energy, little to no appetite, vomiting, and stomach cramping. If a pet is displaying any of these symptoms they should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

To prevent your dog or puppy from contracting this virus, the LA/SPCA reminds dog owners:

  • To get annual wellness exams and vaccination boosters for Canine Parvovirus for both puppies and adult dogs. Get all booster vaccinations as recommended by your veterinarian on time.
  • Don’t take puppies that have not completed their vaccination schedule to public places, including parks or grassy areas as these can contain contaminated soil.
  • Clean up after your dog/puppy to reduce the spread of any potential diseases.
  • Seek immediate veterinary care if your dog or puppy begins to show symptoms of this disease.

The Louisiana SPCA Community Clinic is not equipped to treat critically sick animals, but vaccinations are available through the Community Clinic's wellness program. Puppies should begin a vaccination schedule at 8 weeks, and be vaccinated every 3-4 weeks through 15 weeks. Dogs should be vaccinated annually. Appointments can be made at www.la-spca.org/wellness or by calling 504.363.1333.

 

The Louisiana SPCA presents the 38th annual Howling Success Patron Party & Gala
11/7/2016

Have fun. Raise funds. Premiere fundraiser to benefit the Louisiana SPCA!

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WHO 2016 Co-Chairs: Mike Altwater, Kimberly Bradley, Colleen Timmons
2016 Honorary Celebrity Committee: Lisa Arnold, Jon Donahue,
Demetrius Grosse, Toni Tennielle, Aaron Williamson, Necar Zadegan
Patron Pary Band: Robin Barnes
Gala Party Band: No Idea Band
WHAT 38th annual Howling Success Patron Party & Gala
WHEN Friday, November 11, 2016
Patron Party: 7 p.m./Gala: 8:30
WHERE Hyatt Regency Celestin Ballroom, 3rd floor
601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113
New Orleans, LA 70114
THEME Pop Culture, black tie or cocktail

 

Not all heroes wear capes. Some attend fundraisers and raise money to make a difference in the lives of animals. The Louisiana SPCA’s 38th Annual Howling Success Patron Party & Gala is this Friday, November 11th.

The Hyatt Regency’s Celestin Ballroom will be transformed into an evening celebrating pop-culture. Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite timeless, classic, or contemporary pop-culture icons. Indulge with refreshments and savory dishes from participating restaurants including Galatoire’s, Vessel NOLA, Salon by Sucre and dozens more.

This year’s honorary celebrity guests include actors Aaron Williamson, Jon Donahue, Demetrius Grosse, Necar Zadegan, local filmmaker Lisa Arnold, and singer Toni Tenielle. Bryan Subaru will be receiving the 2016 Humanitarian Award. New Orleans songbird Robin Barnes will serenade the patron party at 7 p.m. Then guests will dance the night away as the No Idea Band takes the stage from 8 p.m. to midnight. The good times will roll throughout the evening as guests are entertained by several Mardi Gras dance troupes. Guests can bid on 250 exciting auction items that include riding spots on Mardi Gras parades and a wine country experience in California with airfare and a hotel stay.

The Louisiana SPCA provides dozens of services including adoptions, life-saving surgeries, spay-neuter, behavioral training, foster programs, and much more. “Our dedicated staff is constantly working around the clock to improve the wellbeing of animals throughout Orleans Parish. We rely on donations and the support from our community to provide quality care and find homes for loving animals who need a second chance,” says Ana Zorrilla, CEO of the Louisiana SPCA.

Gala tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available. To be a part of this spectacular night, visit our website at www.la-spca.org/howlingsuccess.

 

Meowtober!
10/4/2016

$10 adoption fee for all cats and kittens!

 

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WHAT Meowtober
$10 adoption fee for all cats and kittens

WHO Louisiana SPCA

WHEN October

WHERE Louisiana SPCA
1700 Mardi Gras Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70114

 

The Louisiana SPCA is reducing the adoption fee for all cats and kittens to $10 during the month of October. Now that breeding season is coming to an end, all of the baby kittens are big enough to be adopted. We can’t forget about the momma cats too!

As always, the adoption fee for Meowtober includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchip. Visit www.la-spca.org/adoptables to see our current adoptable animals. Please note that normal adoption procedures still apply.

 

NOLA on Tap features more than 400 beers
9/21/2016

Join 25,000 of your closest friends for the Region’s biggest Beer Fest

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WHAT NOLA on Tap
Benefitting the animals of the Louisiana SPCA

WHO Louisiana SPCA
The Bulldog
Sponsored by Shiner Beers

WHEN Saturday, Sept. 24, from 1-8 p.m.
Early VIP entry starts at noon

MUSIC: Daria & the Hip Drops
Stoop Kids
Flow Tribe

WHERE City Park Festival Grounds

 

NOLA on Tap, presented by The Bulldog and the Louisiana SPCA, is the largest beer festival in the region, bringing together more than 25,000 beer lovers to kick-off Oktoberfest in New Orleans.

This dog-friendly beer festival features a fantastic live music line up, more than 400 local, national and homebrewed beers, the certified BJCP homebrewer contest, delicious food, games, prizes and even a BARKtoberfest dog area.

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New this year, NOLA on Tap is the first festival in Louisiana to use cashless payment technology wristbands to improve festival-goers experience! This means attendees don’t have to worry about walking around the festival, fumbling for tickets, their wallet or change. Instead, they will enjoy fast, convenient and secure transactions at all food and drink vendors. For more details on the wristband technology click here.

For more information about NOLA on Tap visit www.nolaontap.org. Follow NOLA on Tap on Facebook and join the event!

Members of the media must contact Louisiana SPCA Development Director Dean Howard in advance of the festival to be placed on the media list.

 

Recent flooding leaves big dogs in need of homes
9/1/2016

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WHAT $30 adoptions for all dogs 30 pounds and up

WHO Louisiana SPCA

WHEN September

WHERE Louisiana SPCA Community Clinic
1700 Mardi Gras Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70114

 

Although the flood waters have receded, we still have hundreds of animals in need. We transported more than 90 adoptable animals out of state for adoption but we still have more in search of homes, many of which are large dogs that have come from the areas affected by flooding. We want to help these bigger buddies find homes quickly so we've reduced the adoption fee for all dogs 30 pounds and larger to $30. Open your heart to an animal in need and adopt!

To help these displaced and homeless animals find homes, we’ve extended our adoption hours for September and October.

Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sunday: noon - 4 p.m.

As always, the adoption fee includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, one month of free pet insurance and a microchip. Visit www.la-spca.org/adoptables to see our current adoptable animals. Please note that normal adoption procedures still apply.

 

Save the date for the 7th annual NOLA on Tap
8/31/2016

All proceeds benefit the animals of the Louisiana SPCA!

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WHAT NOLA on Tap

WHO Louisiana SPCA
The Bulldog

WHEN Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1-8 p.m.
Early VIP entry starts at noon

MUSIC Daria & the Hip Drops
Stoop Kids
Flow Tribe

WHERE City Park Festival Grounds

 

NOLA on Tap, presented by The Bulldog and the Louisiana SPCA, is the largest beer festival in the region, bringing together more than 25,000 beer lovers to kick-off Oktoberfest in New Orleans.

This family and pet friendly beer festival features a fantastic live music line up, more than 400 national and homebrewed beers, a certified homebrew beer contest with celebrity judges, delicious food, games and giveaways.

New this year, NOLA on Tap is the first festival in Louisiana to use cashless payment technology wristbands to improve festival-goers experience! This means attendees don’t have to worry about walking around the festival, fumbling for tickets, their wallet or change. Instead they will enjoy fast, convenient and secure transactions at all food and drink vendors. For more details on the wristband technology click here.

For more information about NOLA on Tap or to purchase entry and Fest Packages in advance, visit www.nolaontap.org. Follow NOLA on Tap on Facebook and join the event!

Members of the media must contact Louisiana SPCA Communications Director Alicia Haefele in advance of the festival to be placed on the media list.

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Animal rescue operations underway but help is needed
8/15/2016

The Louisiana SPCA is currently assisting with animal rescue efforts in the flooded areas and requests supplies from the public as animals flood area shelters. It’s important to know that the Louisiana SPCA is not leading animal rescue efforts; we are assisting the coordinating agency, the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART).

The biggest area of need is currently supplies. The affected shelters are inundated with animals and need supplies to care for them. The influx of animals is only going to increase in the coming days as the floodwaters recede. The Louisiana SPCA has secured three local drop-off locations for pet supplies: Canine Connection, Camp Bow Wow Mid-City and Demo Diva. Supplies will be picked-up by the Louisiana SPCA and hand-delivered to animal shelters in the affected areas.

Immediate supplies needed include:

  • Metal buckets with clipping carabiners
  • Wire pet crates in various sizes
  • Leashes
  • Unopened dry cat and dog food
  • Metal water bowls

Below is a recap of assistance that the Louisiana SPCA has provided up-to-now:

  • Tangipahoa Parish Animal Shelter – Louisiana SPCA has donated a large amount of supplies and has a physical team on-site assisting with setting up a temporary shelter for the influx of animals as well as their daily care. The Louisiana SPCA is taking roughly 20 adoptable animals from this shelter to be transported to the Louisiana SPCA for adoption in hopes of freeing up space for rescued animals. No owned/rescued animals will be included on this transport.
  • City of Denham Springs Animal Control – This shelter had to open the kennels and release all of the dogs to avoid drowning with the quickly rising water. The Louisiana SPCA sent Humane Law Enforcement Officers to assist but hit water 4 miles out. Volunteers are shuttling whatever dogs they can find still roaming the area around the shelter via boat to our Humane Officers. Officers are then transporting the animals to the Companion Animal Alliance in Baton Rouge.
  • Companion Animal Alliance in Baton Rouge – This shelter has taken in over 100 rescued animals in the last two days and is over capacity. The Louisiana SPCA is assisting the Humane Society of the United States with coordinating a large transport of current adoptable animals to free up space for rescued animals. No owned/rescued animals will be included on this transport.
  • East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control – This group provides animal control services for Baton Rouge and works with the Companion Animal Alliance. Due to the large amount of calls they do not have enough man power to respond to all of the calls for assistance. The Louisiana SPCA, Jefferson Parish Animal Control and Terrebonne Animal Control have all sent out Humane Officers to assist.

Anyone requesting assistance for animals in flood conditions should first speak with their local animal control agency. If they cannot be reached, contact LSART at lsartinfo@gmail.com. The email MUST include the following information:

  • Where the animal(s) is located (address, cross street or GPS coordinates)
  • Number of animals
  • Whether the animal(s) is confined or free-roaming
  • Contact information for the person reporting the stranded animals

According to LSART, there are currently two co-habitated animal shelters open. The first is at the Southern Ag Center in Baker and the second at Celtic Studios, located at 10000 Celtic Drive, off Bluebonnet and Airline. While the Red Cross has a list of opening shelters none of them are currently accepting animals.

If you find a lost pet, please bring it to your nearest animal shelter. By moving an owned animal to another parish or out of state, the likely hood of reuniting that pet with its owner severely diminishes.

For those that wish to make a monetary donation to the animal rescue efforts, the Louisiana SPCA is asking that you donate directly to the animal shelter in your community. This will ensure the funds go directly to the group that you wish to help. Each affected shelter is listing out their immediate needs on their social media pages. Please be aware that these needs are changing daily!

If a member of the public would like to volunteer with the animal rescue efforts please go to www.lsart.org/volunteers and complete the volunteer form.

 

Louisiana SPCA celebrates Check the Chip Day
8/11/2016

Aug. 15 is National Check the Chip day and from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. the Louisiana SPCA will provide free microchip scans for pets with microchips and $15 microchips for those without.

While a microchip greatly increases the chances of being reunited with your pet if lost or stolen, they only work when the information is up-to-date. Often times we forget to update our address or phone number on our pet’s microchip, resulting in inaccurate information. To encourage pet owners to update microchip information, the Louisiana SPCA will scan all owned pets for a microchip Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pet owners will be provided with the information currently listed on the microchip along with the name and phone number of the company if it’s outdated.

“So far this year, our team has successfully reunited 363 lost pets with their owners, largely thanks to microchips,” says Louisiana SPCA Lost and Found Supervisor, Lynzee Gray. “We can’t stress the importance of getting a microchip enough. It’s quick, easy and gives you hope if you’re pet goes missing.”

In addition to checking current microchip information, the Louisiana SPCA Community Clinic will offer microchips at a discounted rate of $15 during Check the Chip Day. No appointments are required for this walk-in service.

For more information about Check the Chip Day visit www.la-spca.org or call 504.368.5191.

Beat the Heat
7/28/2016

Help stop animal homelessness!

 

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WHAT Beat the Heat
$65 spay/neuter for dogs in Orleans Parish

WHO Louisiana SPCA
Dogs in Orleans Parish

WHEN August 1-31

WHERE Louisiana SPCA Community Clinic
1700 Mardi Gras Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70114

 

During the month of August, the Louisiana SPCA Community Clinic will offer a special spay/neuter discount of $65 for dogs only to all Orleans Parish residents. Clients must have an appointment scheduled during the month of August and show proof of residency to be eligible.

Did you know that two intact (not spayed or neutered) dogs and their puppies can quickly turn into 40 puppies in one year? Those 40 puppies can turn into 160 puppies the next year!

To make an appointment, please call the Community Clinic at 504.363.1333 or visit www.la-spca.org/clinic to learn more.

 

New Satellite Pet Food Pantry
7/27/2016

Thursday, July 28, at 2 p.m. the Louisiana SPCA will deliver the load of pet food for a satellite pet food pantry at Giving Hope NOLA in New Orleans East to aid struggling pet owners.

The Louisiana SPCA took in nearly 1,000 animals last year from owners who could no longer care for their pets; often louisiana spca best of new orleans nonprofit animal shelter food pantry need based assistance pet food pet owner help free pet foodtimes due to financial constraints. In partnership with Giving Hope NOLA, we have identified more than a dozen families in New Orleans East struggling to feed their pets for this exact reason. To help keep these pets in their homes instead of being surrendered to shelters, the Louisiana SPCA is creating a satellite food pantry location at Giving Hope to assist these families and their pets.

The participating pet owners are already recipients of HOPE The Food Pantry of New Orleans. According to www.givinghopenola.com, the Food Pantry of New Orleans served over 250,000 hot meals since its creation in 2013, targeting children and elderly.

“We are thrilled to partner with Giving Hope NOLA on this pet food pantry satellite location. New Orleans East is one of our hot spot locations for owner surrenders and our hope is to reduce that number by providing assistance to struggling pet owners,” says Lori Haeuser, Louisiana SPCA Community Outreach Director.

The food pantry will be re-stocked on a monthly basis and relies on donations of pet food and litter from the community. If you would like to donate to the Louisiana SPCA’s food pantry program, please drop off donations to 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70114.

 

Gotta Adopt 'em All
7/19/2016

We have more than 130 pets looking for homes!

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WHAT Gotta Adopt 'em All
$20 adoptions for all animals

WHO Louisiana SPCA

WHEN Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

WHERE Louisiana SPCA
1700 Mardi Gras Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70114

 

We have over 130 amazing animals, including a pig, looking for their forever home. Join us for the Gotta Adopt Them All adoption promotion and add a new furry friend to your family for only $20. Our goal is to have all of our adoptable animals find a home during this event. Help us empty the shelter!

While you’re here, you can also battle your Pokémon at the gym conveniently located in our parking lot!

As always, the adoption fee includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchip. Visit www.la-spca.org/adoptables to see the current adoptable animals. Please note that normal adoption procedures still apply.

 

Rock, Ride & Rescue for the animals
7/14/2016

Proceeds benefit the Louisiana SPCA's Special Needs Fund!

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WHAT Rock, Ride & Rescue

WHO Louisiana SPCA
Greater New Orleans Therapeutic Riding Center
Molly the Pony Foundation
Hail Mary Rescue

WHEN Sunday, July 17 from 6-9 p.m.

WHERE Rock 'n' Bowl
3000 S. Carrollton Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70118

 

Help the Louisiana SPCA volunteers to raise money for the Special Needs Fund through the Rock, Ride and Rescue fundraiser at Rock N Bowl on July 17 from 6 - 9 p.m. The Special Needs Fund is used to provide care to adoptable animals with special needs at the Louisiana SPCA.

The event features music by Sunpie Barnes and the Sunspots, raffle, auction, food and drink are available for purchase, and of course you can bowl!

Tickets can be purchased for $10 online at www.la-spca.org/rrr until Thursday evening. After that, tickets will be available at the door for $15. If you would like to support the Louisiana SPCA Special Needs Fund but are unable to make the event, you can donate online at www.la-spca.org/rockriderescuedonate.

 

Big dogs need love too!
7/7/2016

Discounted adoptions for big dogs!

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WHAT Big DOgs adoption promo
$40 for dogs 40 pounds and up

WHO Louisiana SPCA

WHEN July 2016

WHERE Louisiana SPCA
1700 Mardi Gras Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70114

 

Big dogs often get overlooked due to their size but we believe the bigger the dog, the bigger the love they have to offer! Help our big dogs find wonderful homes during the month of July.

As always, the adoption fee includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchip. Visit www.la-spca.org/adoptables to see the current adoptable animals. Please note that normal adoption procedures still apply.

 

Top 10 ways to keep your pet calm during fireworks
6/29/2016

July 5 is one of the busiest days for animal shelters across the country as dogs break their restraints and flee their homes July Fourth, due to anxiety and fear from fireworks displays.

Here are a few tips from the Louisiana SPCA on how to prepare for the Fourth of July fireworks and to keep your pet safe and calm:

  1. Do not bring your dog to a fireworks display.louisiana spca laspca spca new orleans cat for sale adopt kitten dog puppies animal shelter rescue 4th of july lost and found
  2. Leave your pet inside and play soft music to help block the sounds of the fireworks.
  3. Exercise your dog before the fireworks commence. A tired dog is less anxious.
  4. If you plan to stay inside with your pet, try to stay in a familiar environment.
  5. Be sure all pets, including indoor cats, wear current ID tags.
  6. Consider microchipping your pet if they are not already.
  7. Stuff a Kong or other work-to-eat toy with special treats during the fireworks.
  8. Do not punish your pet during times of stress as this can only make the problem worse.
  9. Comfort your pet when they are fearful.
  10. If it is absolutely necessary to be outside with dogs during fireworks displays, ensure each dog is secure on a leash or harness.

“During holidays like the Fourth, we urge pet owners to keep in mind that what’s fun for us can be downright frightening for our pets,” says Louisiana SPCA CEO, Ana Zorrilla. “That’s why it’s so important to keep them safe and inside. No one wants to experience having their pet become lost or injured.”

To report a lost pet stop by the Louisiana SPCA, in person, at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. in Algiers and remember to bring a photo of your missing pet. More tips on what to do if you lose your pet can be found at www.la-spca.org/lostandfound.

 

Frisky Felines
6/14/2016

Discounted cat adoptions during Father's Day weekend!

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WHAT Frisky Felines
$10 cats
$25 kittens
Two for one adoptions

WHO Louisiana SPCA

WHEN June 17 - 19

WHERE Louisiana SPCA
1700 Mardi Gras Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70114

In honor of Father’s Day, the Louisiana SPCA is reducing the adoption fee for all cats to $10 and all kittens to $25. If you’re feeling the love, consider adopting two felines for the price of one.

As always, the adoption fee for Frisky Felines includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchip. Visit www.la-spca.org/adoptables to see the current adoptable animals. Please note that normal adoption procedures still apply.

 

Prepare your pets for hurricane season
5/31/2016

 

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Tomorrow marks the official start of the 2016 hurricane season and the Louisiana SPCA urges pet-owners to create an advance evacuation plan that includes their pets. Pets are members of the family and should be included in all disaster preparations.

For households with pets, it is pertinent to include your animals in your evacuation plans and to prepare for the worst-case scenario. Do not, under any circumstances, leave your pet behind. Leaving your pet tied up outside to a tree or fence is not an option. Leaving your pet indoors is risky due to floods from tidal surges which could trap your animal in a house quickly filling up with water.

Just like other members of your household, emergency planning for your pets requires supplies and advance preparation. The supplies you gather should be able to provide for your pet for at least three days. For the safety of your pets and for your own peace of mind, the Louisiana SPCA advises the following three steps:

  1. Current vaccinations – Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are current. Make copies of your records to take with you and put them in an airtight container. All boarding facilities and veterinarian offices require proof of immunization before accepting animals.
  2. Identification – Update your pet’s ID tags if needed. Talk to your veterinarian about permanent identification such as microchipping. If your pet has a microchip, ensure that all of your contact information is up-to-date with the microchip provider.
  3. Compile a list of places to go – Consider staying with family or friends who reside outside of the affected area and are comfortable with pets, or look into pet-friendly hotels, shelters or boarding facilities outside of the hurricane strike zone. Please note that the Louisiana SPCA does not board animals.

New Orleans residents who will need assistance to evacuate with their pet are urged to register with the City to participate in the City Assisted Evacuation Plan (CAEP) and can register by calling 311. Louisiana SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Officers will assist City officials in safely evacuating owned animals.

“The Louisiana SPCA prepares year-round for potential hurricane evacuations of both shelter animals and owned animals from around the City,” says Louisiana SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla. “Because we provide animal control services in New Orleans, it’s our responsibility to ensure the safety of our 500+ shelter animals and pets whose owners can’t evacuate on their own.”

For more information about planning for an evacuation with your pet, visit www.la-spca.org/evacuation.

 

Patriotic Pooches
5/24/2016

$25 dog adoptions during Memorial Weekend!

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WHAT Patriotic Pooches
$25 adoptions for all dogs
WHO Louisiana SPCA
WHEN May 27 - 29
WHERE Louisiana SPCA
1700 Mardi Gras Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70114

In honor of Memorial Day, the Louisiana SPCA is reducing the adoption fee for all dogs to $25. This reduced adoption fee is available to all approved adopters.

In addition, the Louisiana SPCA is proud to be is one of 14 animal shelters across the country, the only location in Louisiana, partnering with Vets Adopt Pets to provide active and retired military with the companionship of a shelter animal at no cost. Adoptions through this program must be pre-approved by Vets Adopt Pets prior to completing the adoption at the Louisiana SPCA.

“Being able to give back to our servicemen and women is something that our organization feels very strongly about,” says Louisiana SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla. “Splitting the cost of the adoption fees with Vets Adopt Pets allows us to show these brave men and women how much love shelter pets can bring to their lives.”

As always, the adoption fee for Patriotic Pooches includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchip. Visit www.la-spca.org/adoptables to see the current adoptable animals. Please note that normal adoption procedures still apply.

 

Five tips to avoid dog bites
5/17/2016

May 15-21 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week and the Louisiana SPCA wants to remind the community of tips to help keep you and your children safe around unfamiliar dogs.

According to the American Veterinarian Medical Association, more than 800,000 Americans have to seek medical louisiana spca laspca spca new orleans spca charity navigator nonprofit animal shelter new orleans humane law enforcement pound animal control dog catcherattention for dog bites each year; half of them children. The extended daylight hours, warmer weather and summer vacation encourages our community to enjoy more time outdoors. It is during this time of year the Louisiana SPCA sees an uptick in bite cases throughout the city.

The Louisiana SPCA encourages parents to review dog safety tips with their children as summer vacation approaches. Teaching children at a young age to be polite, respect a dog’s personal space and what to do when approached by an unfamiliar dog can help save their life. Due to a child’s size and natural flight instincts, they are the most likely to suffer major injuries if attacked by a dog. Never leave a child alone with a dog and be sure to keep an eye on children playing outside in the neighborhood.

If you are approached by an unfamiliar dog, the Louisiana SPCA reminds everyone to take the following precautions:

  1. Do not run, climb on top of or hide under a near object – dogs are faster than humans and can climb. Instead, stand still like a tree or curl-up in a ball like a rock if you fall.
  2. Do not make eye contact with the dog but keep your peripheral vision.
  3. Do not scream – be very quiet and move away slowly.
  4. Remain on your feet if possible. If you do fall to the ground, curl-up in a ball and cover your face and neck.
  5. Try to put an object between you and the dog such as a purse, trash can or tree branch.

“If we taught our children about dog safety with the same reinforcement as fire safety, imagine how many more children we could save from this terrifying experience?” says Louisiana SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla. “Get your children involved with humane education programs like the ones offered at the Louisiana SPCA to help reinforce positive animal interactions year-round.”

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In both Orleans and Jefferson Parishes, dogs are required by law to be on a leash when off the owner’s property. To report a stray or roaming dog, contact Louisiana SPCA Humane Law Enforcement at 504.368.5191 ext. 100. Due to the high volume of calls received during this time, emergencies will be responded to first.

For more information about the Louisiana SPCA’s youth humane education programs visit www.la-spca.org/programs.

 

Wiggly Weekends all month long!
4/7/2016

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WHAT Wiggly Weekends
$40 adoptions for all animals over 4-years-old
WHO Louisiana SPCA
WHEN Every Saturday and Sunday in April
WHERE Louisiana SPCA
1700 Mardi Gras Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70114

Spring time is here and that means one thing for un-fixed animals in our region … its breeding season! Help us make room for the hundreds of kittens and puppies that will soon flood our adoption floor by adopting some of our older animals.

As always, the adoption fee includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchip. Visit www.la-spca.org/adoptables to see our currently adoptable animals and be sure to check back daily. Please note that normal adoption procedures will still apply.

 

Poppin' corks and grabbin' forks!
3/31/2016

Join us for Brunch Fest NOLA

WHAT: Brunch Fest NOLA, sponsored by SKYY Vodka
WHO: Louisiana SPCA
Emceed by Chriss Knight and Andew Ward
WHEN: Sunday, April 3 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Entertainment:
10:30 a.m. - THe Messy Cookers Jazz Band
1 p.m. - Shades of Praise Gospel Choir
2 p.m. - Bloody Mary Contest winners announced
2:15 p.m. - Kinfolk Brass Band
WHERE: City Park, behind NOMA (map)
Parking available throught City Park and Tad Gormley Stadium

Brunch Fest NOLA is the premiere brunch festival in the region, combining New Orleans’ love of brunch, music, cocktails and animals! This free admission, pet friendly festival will benefit the animals of the Louisiana SPCA. Brunch inspired attire or costume is encouraged! If brunch means big hats, seersucker and flowers or bunny slippers, curlers and a onesie, you’re encouraged to come dressed in your best brunch attire. For more information about Brunch Fest including vendors and sponsors, visit www.la-spca.org/brunchfest, follow Brunch Fest on Facebook and join the event!

Bunny see, bunny don't!
3/22/2016

Each year hundreds of rabbits are turned into local shelters, humane societies, rabbit rescues or released into the wild soon after the Easter holiday. While rabbits can make great companion animals, we encourage potential rabbit owners to thoroughly research the care of these fragile creatures before making a casual decision to bring one home.

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In the last two years, the Louisiana SPCA took in more than 50 rabbits from the Greater New Orleans area. Often times new rabbit owners do not realize that rabbits can live up to 10-15 years and require as much care as a dog or cat. Rabbits must be spayed or neutered, house trained and homes bunny-proofed as they love to chew electrical cords, rugs, books and even furniture. These physically delicate animals are easily frightened, will often resist interaction and can be hurt by even the gentlest child.

“Rabbits can be a wonderful companion animal in the right home, but we often see impulse purchases of bunnies and chicks this time of year,” says Louisiana SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla. “The Louisiana SPCA encourages parents to take a moment and consider the realities of living with a rabbit before making that important decision to bring one into your home.”

When it comes to Easter bunnies, the Louisiana SPCA encourages you to go chocolate or plush! Marshmallow chicks are also a great substitute for real chicks.

 

Palm Sunday Rabies Drive protects pets and the community
3/17/2016

Sponsored by the Louisiana SPCA and the Southeast Louisiana Veterinarian Association, the annual Palm Sunday Rabies Drive is scheduled for Sunday, March 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the following locations throughout New Orleans:

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The cost of the rabies vaccination, tag and license is $15 per pet; cash only. The event is open to residents of all parishes but only those residing in Orleans Parish will get a physical tag and license. Other parish residents will receive the vaccination at a reduced fee of $10 and must get the license and tag from their respective parish. Rabies vaccinations are required by law for both cats and dogs and must be administered by a licensed veterinarian. Pets should be at least 12 weeks of age before receiving a rabies vaccination and must be on a leash or in a carrier. All vaccinations at the Palm Sunday Rabies Drive are administered by veterinarians from the SLVA.

The rabies virus is a deadly disease that affects the central nervous system and is most often spread by an animal bite. On average, less than 10 human rabies fatalities occur each year compared to about 100 in the late 1800s. The dramatic decrease in human rabies occurrences is due primarily to the immunization programs for cats and dogs, like the Palm Sunday Rabies Drive.

“Last year nearly 1,400 cats and dogs were vaccinated during this 4 hour collaborative event,” states Louisiana SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla. “We are excited to continue the Palm Sunday tradition with the SLVA in the New Orleans area and hope to see this event continue to grow as we vaccinate even more pets in our community.”

The Palm Sunday Rabies Drive is made possible by the continued efforts of the SLVA, City of New Orleans Fire Department and the Louisiana SPCA.

I'll have a Bloody Mary please!
3/4/2016

Brunch Fest NOLA is the premiere brunch festival in the region, combining New Orleans’ love of brunch, music, cocktails and animals! Join us on April 3 from 10 a.m.-3p.m. at City Park for the inaugural Brunch Fest NOLA, benefiting the animals of the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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Emceed by Chriss Knight and Andrew Ward, Brunch Fest NOLA is a free admission, pet friendly event that is sure to start your week off on the right foot. Dress in your most festive brunch attire or costume and enjoy brunch inspired restaurants, breakfast style cocktails, beer and wine, see Louisiana SPCA adoptables, shop unique fest vendors and much more!

The main highlight of the event is a bloody mary contest. Both professionals and individuals are welcome to enter for a chance to win the coveted title of Best Bloody Mary in the region! The contest will be judged by an amazing group of local experts including:

  • Native New Orleans food writer, Scott Gold
  • Founder of New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, Brenda Maitland
  • The foremost professional wine judge in the U.S., Tim McNally
  • Creator of Tales of the Cocktail, Ann Tuennerman

In addition to amazing bloody mary’s, Brunch Fest NOLA will have a wide variety of other breakfast cocktails and food by vendors from around the City including Velvet Cactus, Brick & Spoon, Crossroads – House of Blues, The Ruby Slipper Café and many more! While you enjoy brunch libations, you can also enjoy live music by The Messy Cookers Jazz Band, Shades of Praise Gospel Choir and the Kinfolk Brass Band. With this perfect combination of food, cocktails and music, you’re guaranteed a one-of-a-kind Sunday Funday.

“We’re so excited to bring the first ever brunch festival to New Orleans,” says Louisiana SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla. “Our fall fundraiser, NOLA on Tap, has grown into a nationally recognized beer festival and we hope that Brunch Fest NOLA will follow in its footsteps to raise money for the animals in our region.”

Admission to Brunch Fest NOLA is free and we welcome attendees of all ages and fur colors, but please no outside food or drinks. For more information about the Bloody Mary Contest, vendor list, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities visit www.la-spca.org/brunchfest. Follow Brunch Fest NOLA on Facebook and join the event for new announcements posted daily!

A huge thank you to our sponsors at Bryan Subaru, The New Orleans Advocate, MyNewOrleans.com, St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans Magazine, IntheNOLA.com, Where Y’at Magazine, COX, Canine Connection and NO Fleas Market.

Start your relationship on the right paw!
2/11/2016
WHAT Your Furrever Valentine
$14 Adoptions

WHO Louisiana SPCA

WHEN Sunday, February 14
Louisiana SPCA: 1 - 4 p.m.
PetSmart: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

WHERE Louisiana SPCA
1700 Mardi Gras Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70114

PetSmart
2900 S. Claiborne Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115

 

Love is in the air at the Louisiana SPCA and we want to help you find the furry friend of your dreams! Come in to adopt on Valentine's Day and you can take home your soul mate for $14! As always, the adoption fee includes their spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchip. Everything you need to start your new relationship on the right paw! Visit www.la-spca.org/adoptables to see who's looking for love. Please note that normal adoption procedures do apply.

 

5 Ways to Have a Pet Friendly New Year's Eve
12/29/2015

As you ring in the New Year, don’t forget that fireworks displays can cause our pets to experience fear and anxiety which often leads to pets fleeing their homes.

Fireworks typically occur once or twice each year so the loud noises and flashes of light can catch your pet off guard. Here are a few tips from the Louisiana SPCA on how to prepare for the New Year’s Eve fireworks and to keep your pet safe and calm:

  1. Do not, under any circumstances, bring your pet to a fireworks display.
  2. Be proactive and exercise your pet before the fireworks commence. A tired pet is less anxious.
  3. Be sure all pets, including indoor cats, wear current ID tags. Consider microchipping your pet if they are not already.
  4. If you live near the location of a fireworks display, leave your pet inside, try playing soft music to block the sounds of the fireworks and give them someplace comfortable to retreat to. If your pet is particularly fearful of fireworks make every effort to stay inside with them.
  5. Do not punish your pet during times of stress as this can only make the problem worse. It is perfectly acceptable, and advisable, to comfort your pet when they are fearful.

“During holidays like New Year’s Eve, we urge pet owners to keep in mind that what’s fun for us can be downright frightening for our pets,” says Louisiana SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla. “That’s why it’s so important to keep them safe and inside. No one wants to experience having their pet become lost or injured.”

The Louisiana SPCA takes a proactive approach when it comes to reuniting pets with their owners. The organization’s staff will document lost reports filed by owners but also crosscheck cases with those that find a pet. The combination of a variety of tools such as Facebook lost/found groups, Craigslist and official lost/found reports filed with the organization have allowed the organization to reunite more than 560 lost animals with their owners so far in 2015.

For more tips on how to keep your pet’s safe and clam during the holidays visit www.la-spca.org/holidaypetsafety. To report a lost pet stop by the Louisiana SPCA, in person, at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. in Algiers and remember to bring a photo of your missing pet. More tips on what to do if you lose your pet can be found at www.la-spca.org/lostandfound.

 

Gift wrapping goes to the dogs!
12/17/2015
WHAT It’s a Wrap
WHO Louisiana SPCA
WHEN Dec. 19-23 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Dec. 24 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Adoptable animals will be on-site Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE Clearview Mall 4436 Veterans Blvd.

 

Do you like staying up until 3 a.m. wrapping dozens of presents on Christmas Eve? Do you enjoy running out of tape while surrounded by enough wrapping paper to wrap your living room furniture? Do you consider yourself a “good” gift wrapper?

If you answered “no” to any of the above questions than It’s a Wrap is the perfect solution to your holiday gift wrapping blues! Avoid the fuss of wrapping gifts this holiday season and bring it all to the Louisiana SPCA elves at Clearview Mall. Simply drop off your gifts, whether it be 1 gift or 100, and our elves will do all the work for you.

Best of all, we’ll make your holiday gifts look AMAZING for free! All we ask is that you make a donation of any amount to the Louisiana SPCA heartworm fund. The funds raised will be used to provide lifesaving treatment to heartworm positive dogs at the Louisiana SPCA.

For more information about It’s a Wrap visit www.la-spca.org/events.

 

Hundreds of pets spayed and neutered in October through Louisiana SNIP
11/28/2015

Louisiana SNIP, a monthlong program that provided reduced pricing on spay/neuter services at participating veterinary clinics across Southeast Louisiana, made a big impact in October. Residents of Orleans, St. Bernard, Terrebonne and Plaquemines parishes took advantage of the program with 235 pets being fixed.

Louisiana Partners in Animal Welfare (LA PAW), a coalition of animal shelters and rescue groups from across Southeast Louisiana, worked with vets throughout the region to coordinate this monthlong pilot program, which they are hoping to replicate in the future. The program’s goal is to make spay/neuter more affordable, while also reminding residents about the importance of spay/neuter for their pets.

“Spaying and neutering protects both your pet's health and their relationship with you,” says Dr. Amanda Perkins, President of the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association. “For example, spaying a cat or dog before she experiences her first estrus, or heat cycle, has been scientifically shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer later in life. Behavioral conflicts are a major source of pet relinquishment, and spaying and neutering, along with education of pet owners, can help prevent this problem,” she adds.

Pet owners who missed out on Louisiana SNIP may still be able to take advantage of low cost or no cost spay/neuter. LA PAW recommends they reach out to their local animal welfare organization for information. A list of organizations in Southeast Louisiana can be found at www.louisianasnip.com.

 

Howling Success presents "I Heart the 70s"
11/4/2015

The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals presents its 37th annual Howling Success Patron Party & Gala Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel’s Celestin Ballroom. The event’s theme, I Heart the 70s will serve as a tribute to the 33,000 animals cared for by the Louisiana SPCA every year.

A festive event that raises a significant portion of the Louisiana SPCA’s annual budget, Howling Success kicks off with a Patron Party at 7 p.m. featuring a performance by Anaїs St. John. The Gala will run from 8:30 p.m. – midnight with an estimated 1,000 attendees enjoying live music by The Wiseguys, dyno-mite food from more than 25 New Orleans restaurants, a groovy silent auction and a boogie performance by Club Silhouette dancers and the Disco Amigos. The silent auction is now live and bids can be placed at Howling Success or online.

Howling Success would not be possible without the support from Restaurant Chair Chef Tariq Hanna and honorary celebrity chairs actresses Teri Wyble and Ashley Williams, singer Meghan Linsey and actors Aaron Williamson, Bryan Batt and Hunter Burke. A special thanks to Howling Success sponsors at The New Orleans Advocate, Capital One Wealth & Asset Management, Canine Connection, Bryan Subaru, InTheNOLA.com, New Orleans Magazine, St. Charles Avenue Magazine, BIZ New Orleans, Cox Media and Fleur de Lis Rentals.

Guests are to wear black tie or cocktail attire or come in their best 70s themed costume! Individual tickets for Howling Success start at $125 for the Gala, $250 for the Patron Party and Gala. Table sponsorships range from $1,500 and up. To purchase tickets visit www.la-spca.org/howlingsuccess or call 504.762.3308.

 

Louisiana SPCA Partners with Uber for UberKittens
10/29/2015

The Louisiana Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is excited to be partnering with Uber for UberKITTENS. On Thursday, Oct. 29, Uber drivers will be delivering adoptable kittens from the Louisiana SPCA to locations that request them for 15 minute sessions of cuteness and snuggles. A $30 “snuggle fee” for each session will be collected by Uber who will turn around and support the Louisiana SPCA. All kittens taking part in UberKITTENS are available for adoption through the Louisiana SPCA, and a representative from the organization will be available to discuss adoption procedures at each kitten session.

Now in its third year, UberKITTENS began with just three cities in 2013 and has expanded to delivering kittens in 50 cities across North America on Thursday, partnering with and raising money for local animal shelters in each city.  Through UberKittens, Uber hopes to not only raise money for animal shelters, but also to encourage the public to visit local shelters and adopt shelter animals.

To request kittens, Uber users in New Orleans should open their Uber app between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday and select the Kittens tab to make a visit request. Uber expects demand to be high for kittens and will accommodate as many requests as possible, and reminds users to check with coworkers and supervisors before requesting a visit. To learn more visit Uber New Orleans’ blog and follow along on social media with #UberKittens.

 

Louisiana SPCA Animals Benefit from Enrichment Program
10/22/2015

In an effort to further enhance the level of care provided to the animals being housed at the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, an expanded enrichment program is being implemented to help animals become better candidates for adoption and to improve the staff’s bond with each animal.

Dogs awaiting adoption are now benefitting from increased positive reinforcement for good behavior, a wider variety of toys, and fun work-to-eat toys, from which the dogs have to figure out how to extract tasty treats.

“Our goal is to provide the best care possible for every animal in our shelter. This includes not only the most basic needs of food, clean water and shelter, but also reducing stress and providing human contact and mental and behavioral stimulation,” says Louisiana SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla. “Enrichment is not only beneficial to the animals, it is also beneficial to our staff by allowing them to bond more closely with the animals and learn more about each individual animal.”

The purpose of the program extends beyond socialization, however. By reducing stress, enrichment also reduces auto-immune weaknesses and the spread of contagious disease; enrichment keeps the entire population of animals at the Louisiana SPCA healthier and happier.

As a part of these enrichment efforts, Animal Care Attendants are participating in ongoing classes to learn obedience training techniques. “While we’ve always emphasized socialization for dogs awaiting adoption, this new program puts specific steps in place to make sure each dog is not only getting play time, but also some training time as well,” explains Louisiana SPCA’s Canine Behavior and Training Coordinator, Hollie Gomila. “Dogs that move in to the Louisiana SPCA’s adoption rooms with some basic training are much more likely to be adopted quickly once a potential adopter interacts with them.”

But what about the cats? “We’ve been giving our cats some fun new toys and work-to-eat treats,” adds Gomila. “We’re working on new ways to get our cats as much interaction as possible while they’re awaiting adoption as well.” The adoptable cats are also benefitting from new laser toys and cat furniture, which gives them more vertical space to explore in the Louisiana SPCA’s new Adoption, Resource Center & Clinic, which opened in August. 

Well-socialized pups and playful cats are waiting to meet adopters seven days per week. The Louisiana SPCA is open for adoptions Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday noon - 4 p.m. at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. in Algiers.

Louisiana SNIP aims to reduce pet overpopulation
10/20/2015

Louisiana Partners in Animal Welfare (LA PAW), a coalition of animal shelters and rescue groups from across Southeast Louisiana has partnered with veterinarians to promote spay and neuter during the month of October. Pet owners can benefit from reduced pricing on spay and neuter services while making a positive impact on pet overpopulation in the New Orleans area.

Southeast Louisiana has historically faced a huge challenge in reducing pet overpopulation. Louisiana SNIP hopes to make a quick and lasting impact by providing pet owners inexpensive access to spay/neuter, while also seeking to educate pet owners on the many benefits of sterilization for their pets.

“Spay/neuter is incredibly important in combating pet overpopulation, but many people don’t know that there are tons of other beneficial reasons to get your pet fixed,” explains Loretta Lambert, Director of the Louisiana SPCA’s Community Clinic, a participant in Louisiana SNIP. “Spaying or neutering your dog or cat is really a win-win. Spayed or neutered dogs and cats are less likely to roam in search of a mate, for example. If performed prior to their first surge of hormones, females are also at reduced risk of developing fatal diseases like ovarian and mammary cancer. Companion animals depend upon us to look out for their health and well-being which includes making the choice to spay/neuter.”
 
“We also want to emphasize that in addition to the health benefits, spay/neuter is a really smart investment. When comparing to the costs of caring for and rehoming an unexpected litter of kittens or puppies, for example, spay/neuter is incredibly affordable,” adds Lambert.

Veterinarians in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, Plaquemines, Terrebonne, and St. Charles Parishes are participating in Louisiana SNIP. Learn more at www.LouisianaSNIP.com.

NOLA on Tap: Region’s largest FREE admission beer fest
9/23/2015

 

WHAT NOLA on Tap
Expected attendance of 20,000 people
WHO The Louisiana SPCA
The Bulldog
WHEN Saturday, Sept. 26 from 1-8 p.m.
VIP early entry, noon
General admission, 1 p.m.
BJCP official homebrewer awards, 5:45 p.m.
MUSIC Honey Island Swamp Band, 6 – 8 p.m.
Cardinal Sons, 3:45 – 5:15 p.m.
Colin Lake, 2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Huzefa Art of Music, 12:15 – 2:15 p.m.
WHERE Festival Grounds at City Park

 

The sixth annual NOLA on Tap, sponsored by Sweetwater Brewing Company and presented by The Bulldog and the Louisiana SPCA, is the largest FREE admission beer fest in the region and raises funds for the 33,000 animals that the Louisiana SPCA cares for each year. Named a top 10 beer fest to attend by BeerFest.com, NOLA on Tap is the New Orleans style kickoff to Oktoberfest.

This dog-friendly beer fest features free admission, a fantastic live music line up, more than 400 local and national beers with samples starting at $1, nearly 60 homebrewers, restaurant food booths and trucks, non-beer drinks, beer games, raffles, best beer-related costume contest, Louisiana SPCA adoptable animals, VIP Tent and the certified BJCP homebrewer beer contest.

For more information about NOLA on Tap or to purchase VIP entry tickets and beer tasting tickets in advance, visit www.nolaontap.org. Follow NOLA on Tap on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Louisiana SPCA continues to rebuild 10 years after Hurricane Katrina
8/13/2015

 

Almost exactly 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana SPCA will host the grand opening of the new 40,000 square foot Adoption, Resource Center and Clinic, the second phase of the Dorothy Dorsett Brown Campus in Algiers, Aug. 21-23 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
During the grand opening festivities visitors will be able to enjoy:

Double the size of the Animal Rescue and Care Center (Phase I), the Adoption, Resource Center and Clinic (Phase II) restores the facilities and capacity lost in Katrina and provides increased capacity which includes a permanent public veterinary clinic (the only high-volume spay/neuter clinic in the region), education spaces and administrative offices. In addition, the expansion furthers the humane mission of the Louisiana SPCA and sets a new benchmark for animal welfare facilities. The expansion implements designs and services that are nationally recognized as ‘best practices’ and allows the organization to increase services by 40 to 50 percent and increase adoptions by a projected 30 percent.

The 40,000 square foot Adoption, Resource Center and Clinic will house adoptions, the Community Clinic, humane education, training and obedience and administrative support. An average of 50 animals will be available for adoption each day. The 21,600 square foot Animal Rescue and Care Center will house lost and found, animal control services, animal intake and holding. Holding space will allow for about 300 animals to be cared for at any given time.

“Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana SPCA is celebrating our community’s resilience with the opening of a new facility. The expansion of our campus provides new adoption rooms, classrooms, and a veterinary clinic. It’s a reflection of Greater New Orleans’ commitment to the lives of animals and the enduring human-animal bond which played such an important role in the recovery process,” says Louisiana SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla. “To be a part of the tapestry of our community’s resilience and growth 10 years later is something we hope our supporters are proud of.”

When the Louisiana SPCA’s former shelter on Japonica Street in the Upper Ninth Ward was destroyed during Katrina the organization planned for a new facility in Algiers, consisting of two buildings. The first of the two buildings, the Animal Care and Rescue Center, was quickly constructed and opened in May 2007. The construction of the second building, however, was put on hold due to reimbursements from FEMA being delayed. Besides FEMA, funding for the $16.8 million expansion came from private donations from national agencies, foundations and individual donors.   

Like so many others, the Louisiana SPCA experienced a devastating loss during Katrina but possessed a dogged determination to rebuild. The groundbreaking of the new facility in Algiers in 2006 signaled not only a rebirth but a desire to move beyond the tragedy in order to re-establish the most comprehensive animal care services in the state. “In the past 10 years we’ve come so far but there’s still much work to be done,” says Louisiana SPCA board of directors President, Jackie Shreves.

The Louisiana SPCA would like to thank the ASPCA, The Humane Society of the United States, PetSmart Charities, the Frank B. Stewart, Jr. Foundation and the hundreds of private donors for their generous support for making the Adoption, Resource Center and Clinic possible.

The Grand Opening is sponsored in part by Biz New Orleans, St. Charles Avenue Magazine, The New Orleans Advocate, Where Y’at Magazine, B97, Magic 101.9, WWL Radio and IntheNOLA.com. For more information about the grand opening of the Adoption, Resource Center and Clinic visit www.la-spca.org/grandopening or call 504.368.5191. We hope to see you there!

 

 

Community art display honoring animals affected by Hurricane Katrina
7/31/2015

 

While more than 15,500 animals were rescued during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it’s estimated that 88,700 pets remained unaccounted for. No one knows exactly how many animals died but most estimates put the number between 50,000 to 70,000 across the entire Gulf Coast. During the month of August, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will honor these animals with a community art display that gives back!

In memory of the 10th anniversary of Katrina, the Louisiana SPCA is asking New Orleanians to donate $10 toward in-need pets in the community. With every $10 donation, donors will be able to hang a collar on the community art display. Each collar that is purchased will remain on display until after the grand opening of the Louisiana SPCA’s expansion, the Adoption, Resource Center and Clinic, Aug. 21-23. After the grand opening, all of the donated collars honoring the animals affected by Katrina will be donated to pets-in-need around the Greater New Orleans area. The funds raised from the purchase of the collars will be used to microchip the thousands of animals that come to the Louisiana SPCA every year.

“Almost 10 years ago the Louisiana SPCA, along with partners from across the country, created the largest animal rescue effort our nation has ever seen. Being able to remember Katrina and honor those animals affected is very important to our organization,” says Louisiana SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla. “This community art display allows residents to come together and show their love for the animals in our region while also providing for those animals in-need.”

Of the 15,500 pets that were rescued during the aftermath of Katrina, only 15 to 20 percent were reunited with their owners. Although this appears to be a low percentage, it fares far better than the national average of 10 percent. Since Katrina, the Louisiana SPCA has reunited nearly 5,000 lost pets with their owners and microchipped more than 21,000 animals. The funds raised and collars donated from this community art display will help the Louisiana SPCA to reunite even more lost pets with their owners in the future.

To participate in the Louisiana SPCA’s community art display visit the facility at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. in Algiers, Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or Sunday from noon-5 p.m. For more information about the community art display or to donate a collar online visit www.la-spca.org/collar. For more information about the grand opening visit www.la-spca.org/grandopening.

Eight tips for keeping your pet safe and calm during fireworks
7/1/2015

 

NEW ORLEANS – July 5 is one of the busiest days for animal shelters across the country as dogs break their restraints and flee their homes July Fourth, due to anxiety and fear from fireworks displays. Fireworks typically occur once or twice each year so the loud noises and flashes of light can catch your pet off guard.

To help reunite lost pets with their owners, the Louisiana SPCA is offering free ID tags to the public July 2 and July 3 in advance of the Fourth of July holiday. In addition, free ID tags will also be given out July 10 and 11. To take advantage of this limited time promotion, please stop by the Louisiana SPCA at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Here are a few tips from the Louisiana SPCA on how to prepare for the Fourth of July fireworks and to keep your pet safe and calm: 

  1. Do not, under any circumstances, bring your dog to a fireworks display.
  2. If you live near the location of a fireworks display, leave your pet inside and try using a white noise machine or playing soft music to help calm your pet and block the sounds of the fireworks. If your pet is particularly fearful of fireworks make every effort to stay inside with them.
  3. Be proactive and exercise your dog before the fireworks commence. A tired dog is less anxious.
  4. If you plan to stay inside with your pet, try to stay in a familiar environment.
  5. Be sure all pets, including indoor cats, wear current ID tags. Consider microchipping your pet if they are not already.
  6. You can also stuff a Kong or other work-to-eat toy with special treats for your dog to work on during the fireworks. This can also help your pet associate the scary noises with good things.
  7. Do not punish your pet during times of stress as this can only make the problem worse. It is perfectly acceptable, and advisable, to comfort your pet when they are fearful.
  8. If it is absolutely necessary to be outside with dogs during fireworks displays, ensure each dog is secure on a leash or harness. 

If you are traveling with your pet for the Fourth of July, always think safety first. Traveling with an unrestrained pet is not only dangerous for the pet and driver, but for every car on the road. Keep your pet comfortably restrained with an auto safety harness or in a traveling crate at all times. Be sure to secure the crate inside the vehicle to prevent it from tipping over.

“During holidays like the Fourth, we urge pet owners to keep in mind that what’s fun for us can be downright frightening for our pets,” says Louisiana SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla. “That’s why it’s so important to keep them safe and inside. No one wants to experience having their pet become lost or injured.”

To report a lost pet stop by the Louisiana SPCA, in person, at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. in Algiers and remember to bring a photo of your missing pet. More tips on what to do if you lose your pet can be found at www.la-spca.org/lostandfound

 

The Louisiana SPCA presents Kitty Carnival
6/17/2015

 

WHO: The Louisiana SPCA
WHAT: Kitty Carnival
$25 adoptions for cats and kittens.
WHEN: Saturday, June 20
Lobby Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Adoption Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
WHERE: The Louisiana SPCA

The spring and summer months in Greater New Orleans, better known as kitten season, means that we see hundreds of homeless cats as well as community cats give birth to litters of kittens. Hundreds of litters of kittens flood animal shelters in our community only to join other cats already awaiting adoption.

Now that some of these kittens are old enough for adoption, help us find homes for the 50 kittens and adult cats currently in our care. To view all of the kittens available for adoption and to learn more about Kitty Carnival visit www.la-spca.org/adoptables. Regular adoption procedures will apply.

 

Dine Out 4 Paws combines two local passions; food and animals
6/8/2015

 

NEW ORLEANS – On Thursday, June 11, 42 participating restaurants from the Greater New Orleans area will partner together for Dine Out 4 Paws to raise money for animal welfare in the region by donating 20 percent of the dining proceeds to the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The sixth annual Dine Out 4 Paws event brings together notable restaurants from all over Greater New Orleans to raise money for the Louisiana SPCA’s core mission of improving the quality-of-life for all companion animals while also encouraging the community to enjoy a meal at a local establishment. With 42 partnering restaurants, ranging from fine dining establishments to casual eateries, locals are sure to find an appetizing meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner Thursday, June 11.

If you can’t make it out for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can still support Dine Out 4 Paws by donating online at www.la-spca.org/dineoutdonate. For more information about Dine Out 4 Paws and a complete list of participating restaurants, visit www.la-spca.org/dineout. 
A big thank you to the Dine Out 4 Paws sponsors, The New Orleans Advocate, myNewOrleans.com, St. Charles Avenue Magazine, New Orleans Magazine, IntheNOLA.com and Where Y’at Magazine.

Participating Restaurants:

  • Andrea's Restaurant
  • Blue Line Sandwich Co.
  • Booty's Street Food
  • Café Amelie
  • Café Degas
  • Café Freret(closed on Thursdays, will participate on June 12)
  • Casa Tequila Mexican Restaurant
  • CoNola Grill & Sushi
  • Crêpes à la Cart
  • Cure
  • Del Fuego Taqeria
  • Dis & Dem
  • EAT New Orleans
  • G.B.'s Patio Bar & Grill
  • Gautreau's Restaurant
  • GG's Dine-O-Rama
  • Gordon Biersch
  • La Petite Grocery Restaurant & Bar
  • La Thai Uptown
  • Lager's International Ale House
  • Maïs Arepas
  • Mariza
  • Mark Twain's Pizza Landing
  • Midway Pizza
  • Mona Lisa Restaurant
  • Nacho Mamas Mexican Grill
  • Nonna Mia Café & Pizzeria
  • Noodle & Pie
  • Old Arabi Eats
  • Ralph's on the Park
  • Redemption Mid-City Restaurant
  • Rock-n-Sake Bar & Sushi
  • Roundhouse Bar & Grill –Holiday Inn New Orleans Westbank
  • Santa Fe Restaurant
  • The Bulldog - Mid-City
  • The Bulldog - Uptown
  • The Irish House
  • The Scotts' Coffee & Tapas Bar
  • The Velvet Cactus
  • Vacherie
  • Vine & Dine
  • Zea's Rotisserie & Grill (Westbank)

 

Louisiana SPCA urges you to prepare for hurricane season
6/1/2015

 

NEW ORLEANS – Today marks the official start of the 2015 hurricane season and the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals urges New Orleans pet-owners to create an advance evacuation plan that includes pets. Pets are members of the family and should be included in disaster preparations. 

For households with pets, it is pertinent to include your animals in your evacuation plans and to prepare for the worst-case scenario. Do not, under any circumstances, leave your pet behind. Leaving your pet tied up outside to a tree or fence is not an option. Leaving your pet indoors is risky due to floods from tidal surges which could trap your animal in a house filling up quickly with water.  

Just like other members of your household, emergency planning for your pets requires supplies and advance preparation. The supplies you gather should be able to provide for your pet for at least three days. For the safety of your pets and for your own peace of mind, the Louisiana SPCA advises the following procedures for hurricane season. 

Before hurricane season:

  • Current vaccinations – Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are current. Make copies of your records to take with you and put them in an air-tight container. All boarding facilities and veterinarian offices require proof of immunization before accepting animals.
  • Identification – Update your pet’s ID tags if needed. Talk to your veterinarian about permanent identification such as microchipping and enrolling your pet in a recovery database. This simple step could be your pet’s round-trip ticket home in the event they get lost.
  • Compile a list of places to go – Consider staying with family or friends who reside outside of the affected area and are comfortable with pets, or look into pet-friendly hotels, shelters or boarding facilities outside of the hurricane strike zone. Please note that the Louisiana SPCA does not board animals. 

What your pet needs for an evacuation:

  • Food and water – Keep food in an airtight, waterproof container. Water should be in addition to the water you need for yourself and family.
  • Medicine and medical records – Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container. All boarding facilities and veterinarian offices require proof of immunization before accepting animals.
  • Collar with ID tags, harness or leash – Your pet should wear a collar with an up-to-date rabies tag and ID tag at all times. Include a backup leash, collar and ID tag.
  • Crate or other pet carrier – Get a portable, secure and covered pet carrier in advance. The carrier should be large enough so your pet can completely turn around and lie down. Mark your name, address, phone number and alternate contact information on the carrier.
  • Sanitation – Include pet litter, small litter box, newspaper, towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach. Do not use scented or color safe bleaches or those with added cleaners. Use 16 drops of regular bleach per gallon of water. 

New Orleans residents who will need assistance to evacuate are urged to register with the City to participate in the City Assisted Evacuation Plan (CAEP). This plan includes both residents and their pets. Orleans Parish residents can register by calling 311. When a mandatory evacuation is called, pickup points throughout the City will be announced where you can board buses that will take you to the evacuation departure points. 

“Almost 10 years ago the Louisiana SPCA, along with partners from across the country, created the largest animal rescue effort our nation has ever seen,” says Louisiana SPCA CEO, Ana Zorrilla. “Nearly 40 percent of people who stayed behind during Hurricane Katrina did so because they refused to leave their animals. Now, with the CAEP, our community has a safe place for their pets to go.” 

For more information about how to prepare for your pets for hurricane season, visit www.nola.gov/ready or call 1-800-BE-READY. For more information about planning for an evacuation with your pet, visit www.la-spca.org/evacuation. For a printable evacuation checklist, click here

 

Louisiana SPCA takes in 75 animals in the last three days
5/29/2015

 

NEW ORLEANS – Within the last three days, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has taken in more than 75 animals and the organization is asking the public to donate canned kitten food and enrichment toys for dogs.

The average intake at the Louisiana SPCA for May 2015 is 13 animals per day. Over the last three days, the organization’s average intake increased to 25 animals per day. The 75 animals taken in over the past three days consist of:

  • 35 kittens
  • 6 cats
  • 6 puppies
  • 28 dogs 

“As the state’s largest open admission shelter we accept every animal that comes through our doors,” says Louisiana SPCA CEO, Ana Zorrilla. “Although we anticipate an influx in kittens during this time of year, we’ve seen a dramatic spike in our intake number over the past three days.”

For those that would like to donate, items can be dropped off to the Louisiana SPCA at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or Sunday from noon – 4 p.m. For those that would like to donate online, please visit the organization’s Amazon Wish List.

 

New Orleans Cat Art & Film Festival
5/28/2015

 

WHO: Art for Cat’s Sake
SpayMart
Louisiana SPCA
WHAT: New Orleans Cat Art & Film Festival
WHEN: June 27 from 10 am - 5 pm 
WHERE: Kingsley House
1600 Constance St.
New Orleans, LA


The New Orleans Cat Art & Film Festival is a full-on feline extravaganza! There will be multiple artists featuring various interpretations of the feline form, feline-themed jewelry, event swag, amazing food, music, kid’s activities, raffles, feline workshops and so much more! The event highlight includes a compilation of funny Internet cat videos from the award winning Walker Art Center. Screenings will take place at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.  YouTube stars Paul Klausman and TJ Wingard of "An Engineer's Guide to Cats" will be on-hand for photo ops and autographs.

Come as you are or wear your best cat costume, ensemble or ears. Don’t have ears? No worries! Cat ear headbands will be available for purchase at the festival. Bring a blanket to catnap under the majestic oaks on the historic grounds of the Kingsley House and support the programs and services of Art for Cat’s Sake, SpayMart and the Louisiana SPCA. Tickets are available for $12 online or $15 at the door, children under 12 are free. 

 

Leaving your pet in a hot car can be a deadly mistake
5/26/2015

NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is asking all pet owners to act responsibly by keeping pets indoors during extreme heat episodes and to never leave an animal unattended in a parked vehicle. No matter the circumstances, never leave your pet in an unattended vehicle, even if the vehicle is running and the air conditioning is on. As the temperatures rise during the summer, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach 120 degrees within a matter of minutes. Partially opened windows will not protect your pet from heat stroke. As the temperature rapidly rises to a dangerous level, your pet can experience difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, irreversible organ damage, seizures or death. The affects from heat stroke can be long lasting and deadly.

“During the summer our humane officers respond to dozens of calls related to the hot temperatures. It’s important to remember these situations are considered acts of animal cruelty and will be treated as such,” says Louisiana SPCA CEO, Ana Zorrilla.

  1. Pet owners are advised to take the following precautions to protect their pets during extreme heat:
  2. Keep your pet inside and out of the direct sunlight.
  3. If your pet is outside, provide protection from the sun and plenty of fresh water.
  4. Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
  5. Exercise your dog in the morning or evening when the temperatures and pavement are cool.
  6. Never leave your pet inside an unattended vehicle, as this can be a deadly mistake.
  7. Dogs in truck beds can suffer injury or heat stroke. If you cannot touch the truck bed with your bare hand, your dog should not be on the hot metal.
  8. Know the warning signs of heat stroke: excessive panting, difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse, seizures, bloody diarrhea, vomiting and elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.
  9. If your pet is suffering from heat stroke, transport him/her to your veterinarian or an emergency animal clinic immediately.

You can make a difference in the fight against animal cruelty. If you see an animal in an unattended vehicle, immediately dial 911 or call Louisiana SPCA Humane Law Enforcement at 504.368.5191 ext. 100. For a full list of Orleans Parish animal related laws, visit www.la-spca.org/ordinances.

Louisiana SPCA partners with Vets Adopt Pets
5/25/2015

 

NEW ORLEANS – In honor of Memorial Day, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is proud to announce that it is one of 15 animal shelters across the country, the only location in Louisiana, partnering with Vets Adopt Pets to provide active and retired military with the companionship of a shelter animal at little to no cost. 

The Louisiana SPCA is proud to offer absolutely free adoptions for all U.S. active and retired military. The adoption fee for all animals adopted through this new partnership will be covered equally by the Louisiana SPCA and Vets Adopt Pets. In addition to saving the life of a shelter animal, the adopters can also benefit from reduced stress and increased self-esteem that is correlated with owning a pet.

“Being able to give back to our servicemen and women is something that our organization feels very strongly about,” says Louisiana SPCA CEO, Ana Zorrilla. “Splitting the cost of the adoption fees with Vets Adopt Pets allows us to show these brave men and women how much love shelter pets can bring to their lives.” 

Since 2012, Vets Adopt Pets has helped unite more than 130 animals with active and retired military men and women around the country. To learn more about this program and to view the animals for adoption at the Louisianan SPCA visit www.la-spca.org/adopt

For military personnel who own a pet and are being deployed, Dogs on Deployment is a nonprofit that provides a military-pet fostering network.

 

Louisiana SPCA reminds you to be safe around unfamiliar dogs
5/18/2015

 

NEW ORLEANS – May 17-23 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week and the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals wants to remind the community of tips to help keep you safe around unfamiliar dogs.

According to the American Veterinarian Medical Association, “with an estimated population of 70 million dogs living in U.S. households, millions of people – most of them children – are bitten by dogs every year. The majority of these bites, if not all, are preventable.”

The extended daylight hours, warmer weather and summer vacation encourages our community to enjoy more time outdoors. It is during this time of year the Louisiana SPCA sees an uptick in bite cases throughout the city.

The Louisiana SPCA encourages parents to review dog safety tips with their children as summer vacation approaches. Teaching children at a young age to be polite, respect a dog’s personal space and what to do when approached by an unfamiliar dog can help save their life. Due to a child’s size and natural flight instincts, they are the most likely to suffer major injuries if attacked by a dog. Never leave a child alone with a dog and be sure to keep an eye on children playing outside in the neighborhood.

If you are approached by an unfamiliar dog, the Louisiana SPCA reminds everyone to take the following precautions:

  • Do not run, climb on top of or hide under a near object – dogs are faster than humans and can climb. Instead, stand still like a tree or curl-up in a ball like a rock if you fall.
  • Do not make eye contact with the dog but keep your peripheral vision.
  • Do not scream – be very quiet and move away slowly.
  • Remain on your feet if possible. If you do fall to the ground, curl-up in a ball and cover your face and neck.
  • Try to put an object between you and the dog such as a purse, trash can or tree branch.
  • If you are near your home or business, go inside and close the door.

“The American Humane Association reported that 66 percent of children bit by dogs are bitten on their head or neck,” says Louisiana SPCA CEO, Ana Zorrilla. “If we taught our children about dog safety with the same reinforcement as fire safety, image how many more children we can save from this terrifying experience.”

In both Orleans Parish and Jefferson Parish, dogs are required by law to be on a leash when off the owner’s property. To report a stray or roaming dog, contact Louisiana SPCA Humane Law Enforcement at 504.368.5191 ext. 100. Due to the high volume of calls received during this time, emergencies will be responded to first. For more information about Orleans Parish animal ordinances visit www.la-spca.org/ordinances.

 

Compass Cares gives back to the Louisiana SPCA
5/7/2015

 

WHO: Compass Furniture and the Louisiana SPCA
WHAT: Compass Cares
WHEN: The entire month of May
WHERE: Compass Furniture 5025 Bloomfield St., Jefferson, LA 70121


Compass Furniture is proud to partner with the Louisiana SPCA for Compass Cares! Throughout the entire month of May, patrons have the ability to purchase a $50 Serta Memory Foam Pet Bed that will then be donated to the Louisiana SPCA. For every pet bed that is donated, patrons will receive $100 off their next purchase, up to $500. The more you donate, the more you save! 

Help Compass Furniture and the Louisiana SPCA make shelter pets more comfortable while they wait for their forever home. To donate to Compass Cares visit Compass Furniture Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. or Sunday from noon-6 p.m. For more information about Compass Cares call 504.733.4641.

 

Second Chance Sundays in May
5/1/2015

 

WHO: Louisiana SPCA
WHAT: Fifty percent off the adoption fee of animals six months and older
WHEN: Every Sunday in May, Sunday adoption hours are noon-4 p.m.
WHERE: Louisiana SPCA 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans, Louisiana 70114

 

During this time we see a large influx in kittens and puppies. Those cute and cuddly faces can sometimes outshine the older adoptable animals who also need a loving home. Second Chance Sundays shifts the focus from those tiny furry critters to those six months and older one day each week.  

To view all of the adoptable animals and to learn more about the Second Chance Sundays visit www.la-spca.org/adoptables. Regular adoption procedures will apply.

 

It's raining cats and dogs
4/7/2015

 

WHO: Louisiana SPCA
WHAT: $50 off the adoption fee of animals 1 year and older
WHEN: Mondays-Thursdays during the entire month of April
WHERE: Louisiana SPCA 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans, Louisiana 70114

 

During the spring, shelters across the country are flooded with kittens and puppies. This adoption promotion, It’s Raining Cats and Dogs, is being held in an attempt to help make room for these future kittens and puppies on the adoption floor. 

To view all of the adoptable animals and to learn more about the It’s Raining Cats and Dogs promotion visit www.la-spca.org/adoptables. Regular adoption procedures will apply.

 

Murder victim's dog reunited with family in Missouri
4/6/2015

 

NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals transported murder victim Julia Anderson’s dog, Momma, to her family in Mo. on Thursday, April 2. 

Anderson was murdered in the parking lot of a New Orleans McDonalds by her boyfriend on March 19 and her dog brought to the Louisiana SPCA by EMS. Momma was scanned for a microchip and staff quickly found contact information for Anderson’s mother, Jeannine, who lives in Mo. After discussing the option of either putting Momma up for adoption in New Orleans or somehow getting her to Mo., Anderson’s parents, Jeannine and Jim, immediately chose to become her new guardian.

“Being with Momma is the only thing keeping me going,” says Jeannine Anderson. “Our family will gain strength from Momma.” 

A pre-scheduled Louisiana SPCA transport to Wayside Waifs in Kansas City, Mo. proved to be the perfect way to unite Momma to Anderson’s family. Along with 50 other animals, Momma boarded the Louisiana SPCA’s specially outfitted transport trailer Tuesday night and made the 13 hour, 835 mile journey to her new home with Anderson’s parents. Momma’s furry travel companions will be available for adoption at Wayside Waifs. 

Jeff Frojd, Jeannine’s brother, met the Louisiana SPCA at Wayside Waifs to pick up Momma and bring her to Jeannine and Jim. 

To learn more about the Louisiana SPCA’s transport program, visit www.la-spca.org/transport

 

Palm Sunday Rabies Drive annual tradition continues
3/26/2015

 

NEW ORLEANS – Sponsored by the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Southeast Louisiana Veterinarian Association, the annual Palm Sunday Rabies Drive is scheduled for Sunday, March 29, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the following nine firehouse locations throughout New Orleans: 

  • Engine 1           2920 Magazine St.
  • Engine 12         5600 Franklin Ave.
  • Engine 16         2000 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
  • Engine 17         4115 Woodland Dr.
  • Engine 24         1040 Poland Ave.
  • Engine 25         2430 S. Carrollton Ave.
  • Engine 27         2118 Elysian Fields Ave.
  • Engine 35         964 N. Carrollton Ave.
  • Engine 36         5403 Read Blvd. 

The cost of the rabies vaccination, tag and license is $15 per pet; cash only. The event is open to residents of all parishes but only those residing in Orleans Parish will get a physical tag and license. Other parish residents will receive the vaccination at a reduced fee of $10 and must get the license and tag from their respective parish. Rabies vaccinations are required by law for both cats and dogs and must be administered by a license veterinarian. Pets should be at least 12 weeks of age before receiving a rabies vaccination and must be on a leash or in a carrier. All vaccinations at the Palm Sunday Rabies Drive are administered by veterinarians from the SLVA.

The rabies virus is a deadly disease that affects the central nervous system and is most often spread by an animal bite. On average, less than 10 human rabies fatalities occur each year compared to about 100 in the late 1800s. The dramatic decrease in human rabies occurrences is due primarily to the immunization programs for cats and dogs, like the Palm Sunday Rabies Drive. 

“As a public health precaution, Orleans Parish requires proof of annual rabies vaccinations and licensing,” states Ana Zorrilla, Louisiana SPCA CEO. “We are excited to continue the Palm Sunday tradition in the New Orleans area and hope to see this event continue to grow as we vaccinate more pets in our community.”

The Palm Sunday Rabies Drive is made possible by the continued efforts of the SLVA, City of New Orleans Health Department, City of New Orleans Fire Department, Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans and the Louisiana SPCA. 

 

Reward increase to $13,000 for information about goat decapitation
3/25/2015

 

NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is now offering a $13,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the beheading of a goat seen in the image below.

A tip was received by the Louisiana SPCA this afternoon stating the body of a goat was in the backyard of a house in the 700 block of Broadway Street. The Louisiana SPCA, New Orleans Police Department and Tulane University Campus Police arrived on scene and did not discover any evidence linking to the cellphone video. 

Tulane University’s Executive Director of Public Relations, Michael Strecker, released the following statement this afternoon:“Tulane University is fully investigating this matter. At this time we have no evidence to suggest that this video involves or is related to any member of the Tulane community. We urge anyone who has any information regarding this video to contact the Tulane Police Department at 504-865-5381.”

The Louisiana SPCA is actively assisting Tulane University with the investigation in any way possible. The NOPD has not launched an official investigation at this time. 

Individuals with information about this video are urged to call the Louisiana SPCA at 504.368.5191 ext. 100 or the Tulane Police Department at 504.865.5381.

 

Goat beheaded with machete caught on film
3/25/2015

 

 

NEW ORLEANS – On Tuesday, March 24, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals received a cellphone video of a group of young men gruesomely beheading a goat over a child’s plastic swimming pool with a machete like sword. The Louisiana SPCA is aggressively investigating this heinous felony act of animal cruelty and offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible.

The horrendous 12 second video shows a group of at least five young men in what appears to be a backyard. While the men stand in a circle around the plastic swimming pool, string is tied around the goat’s neck and hanged from an above object. One man then beheads the goat while the other men cheer in the background and record the felony act with cell phones. Once beheaded, the goat’s legs continue to move while the body lies in the swimming pool and the head still hanging from the string. A few seconds later, the man who beheaded the goat picks up the body and the video clip ends. The video is extremely graphic and is not being shared at this time.

Individuals with information about this crime are urged to call the Louisiana SPCA at 504.368.5191 ext. 100 or email dispatch@la-spca.org.

 

Louisiana SPCA to Conduct Inspections at Every New Orleans Parade
2/6/2015

 

NEW ORLEANS – As the 2015 carnival season gets into full gear, the Louisiana SPCA wants to remind concerned residents that all horses participating in Mardi Gas parades will be inspected and are required to pass a six point health check before marching per a health ordinance passed by the City in 2013.

Louisiana SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Officers are scheduled to be at the starting line-up for each New Orleans parade through Mardi Gras Day. The expedited process of checking the health of each horse is not expected to delay the start of any parades. Humane Officers will scan each horse for a microchip and verify previously submitted vaccination and health information. 

“Since starting the inspections last Mardi Gras, we are familiar with many of the horse owners and riders already,” says Louisiana SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla. “By checking each horse participating in parades we are showing the public that the health of these animals is a top priority!” 

The revised City ordinances require anyone keeping horses or mules or parading within Orleans Parish to file the following information with the Louisiana SPCA:

  1. Name of owner;
  2. Number and kind of animals housed or stabled on the premises;
  3. Address of place (street and number) where the animals are stabled;
  4. Proof of annual negative Coggins test result;
  5. Proof of annual vaccinations, including Eastern and Western Encephalitis, West Nile virus and rabies; and;
  6. Any other information as the department may deem necessary for the enforcement of proper sanitary regulations on the premises. 

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY

WHAT: Mardi Gras horse inspections
WHO: Amanda Pumilia, Humane Law Enforcement Manager
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 7 at noon
WHERE: Rouse’s parking lot at 4500 Tchoupitoulas St.
Community Donations Increase Reward to $3,000 for Decapitated Baby Goat
2/3/2015

 

NEW ORLEANS – Thanks to the outcry of community support over the beheaded baby goat and its missing brother, the Louisiana SPCA is able to increase the reward for information on this felony act of animal cruelty from $1,000 to $3,000.  

Overnight on Wednesday, Jan. 28, someone maliciously beheaded a baby goat in Brechtel Park in Algiers. We believe that an altercation between the owner of the baby goat and a group of teenagers could be the root of this terrible act. The owner stated that the teenagers were trying to “mess with the goats” behind the fence and he told them to stop. One of the teenagers did not respond kindly to the owner’s request but eventually left the area. 

NOPD and Louisiana SPCA Humane Law Enforcement currently have no viable leads as to the location of the missing goat or the remains of the decapitated goat but the crime remains under investigation as a top priority. 

Anyone with information about this felony act of animal cruelty is urged to call the Louisiana SPCA at 504.368.5191 ext. 100. You can make a difference in the fight against animal cruelty by reporting suspected cruelty; we need citizens who are willing to stand up against this senseless act. Help end animal abuse and care for those victim of animal cruelty by donating at www.la-spca.org/donate.

 

Baby Goat Beheaded in Brechtel Park
1/29/2015

 

NEW ORLEANS – Overnight on Wednesday, Jan. 28, someone maliciously beheaded a baby goat in Brechtel Park in Algiers. The Louisiana SPCA is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this felony act of animal cruelty. 

Earlier this year a company called Y’herd Me contracted with Brechtel Park in an effort to help keep the park’s invasive weeds at bay. Although local goat owners are paid to keep their goats at the park they visit the goats daily to make sure they are properly taken care of. Currently, the goats are fenced off in an area near the baseball field in the park. 

The owner of the baby goat believes that an altercation with a group of teenagers this past weekend could be the root of this terrible act. The owner stated that the teenagers were trying to “mess with the goats” behind the fence and he told them to stop. One of the teenagers did not respond kindly to the owner’s request but eventually left the area. Now, only a few days after the incident, the owner believes one of the teenagers involved in the altercation could be responsible for the goat’s death. 

NOPD and Louisiana SPCA Humane Law Enforcement are unable to locate the head of the baby goat. The brother of the beheaded goat is also missing from the park.  

Anyone with information about this felony act of animal cruelty is urged to call the Louisiana SPCA at 504.368.5191 ext. 100. You can make a difference in the fight against animal cruelty by reporting suspected cruelty; we need citizens who are willing to stand up against this senseless act. Help end animal abuse and care for those victim of animal cruelty by donating at www.la-spca.org/donate.

 

Celebrity Trainer Teams up with the Louisiana SPCA
1/21/2015

 

NEW ORLEANS – As the only animal nonprofit selected for the Crescent City Classic on April 4, the Louisiana SPCA is teaming up with actor and celebrity trainer Aaron Williamson in an effort to encourage more people to get fit and benefit the animals in the Greater New Orleans community.

 

Louisiana SPCA Reminds Residents to Protect Pets During Possible Freeze
1/5/2015

 

NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana SPCA is reminding residents to protect their pets from dangerous, freezing weather conditions projected for Wednesday, Jan. 7, through Thursday, Jan. 8. Louisiana SPCA Humane Law Enforcement will handle all calls concerning animals without shelter as a high priority.

Keeping your pet indoors during cold weather is the law in Orleans Parish. Like humans, pets can also suffer from hypothermia and frostbite, particularly ear tips. Puppies, kittens, small pets and senior pets are especially sensitive to colder temperatures.

If an official freeze advisory is issued, City of New Orleans Code of Ordinances requires the following:

  • When outdoor temperatures reach freezing levels, all cats (except for feral and community cats), dogs and companion animals (excluding wild, exotic and ferocious animals) must be moved indoors or to an area that provides shelter from the weather.
  • Animals must remain indoors and provided care for the duration of the advisory unless being walked on a leash by their owners, guardian or custodian.

“The easiest thing to remember about pet safety during cold weather is that if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pets,” states Louisiana SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla. “If you see a pet without shelter during freezing temperatures please call the Louisiana SPCA so we can dispatch a Humane Officer.”

The Louisiana SPCA is also urging residents to keep in mind the following safety tips for pets during this time:

  • Make sure your pet has fresh, clean water at all times, as pets can become dehydrated in winter weather.
  • Gas furnaces and electric heaters should not be left on in a home unattended.  It can create a fire hazard and animals left alone cannot signal for help.
  • Cats tend to curl up in tire wheel wells and under the hood of cars to escape the cold weather.
  • Make sure to check your vehicle before driving. Antifreeze is extremely poisonous to our pets, so be sure to keep it out of reach.

To report animals without shelter in Orleans Parish please contact Louisiana SPCA Humane Law Enforcement at 504.368.5191 ext. 100. Jefferson Parish residents should call 504.349.5111 or 504.736.6111. A list of other area animal control agencies can be found on our website.

 

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