July 2010

Tail Mail

The Impact of the BP Oil Disaster
For the past two months our region has been reeling from the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil explosion. Reports are now coming in that pet owners are relinquishing their pets in record numbers to animal shelters in the affected areas. Knowing the physical and mental health benefits of having pets as well as the negative impact of relinquishing a family pet because of natural or man-made disasters; the LA/SPCA has teamed up with local and national partners to create a  program aimed at providing short term support for families in jeopardy of relinquishing their pet. The Gulf Coast Companion Animal Relief Program will provide basic veterinary services and dog food (while supplies last) to impacted residents. To learn more about this program, if you qualify, or how you can help please click here.

Offering Hope
In May, LA/SPCA Animal Control officers responded to a call to rescue 80 dogs from an overwhelmed citizen. The owner reluctantly relinquished Chihuahuas, Cocker Spaniels, Shih Tzus, and Lhaso Apsos after reassurance from our Animal Control team that her dogs would be treated with respect and love.  As the dogs flooded into the Animal Rescue and Care Center, some pregnant, some puppies, and others just scared, our team evaluated each one for adoptability. Twenty one dogs were transported to the Atlanta Humane Society, an incredible transport partner of the LA/SPCA and the rest of the adoptables have since found loving forever homes!  The journey these dogs have been on has been emotional for everyone involved and the LA/SPCA is proud to be able to offer the services needed to respond to these cases. Your generous support ensures our ability to continue to respond to such calls! Click here to make a donation.

$10 Feral Cat Voucher Program

Beginning Wednesday, July 14, through a grant from PetSmart Charitieis, we will be offering Orleans Parish residents $10 vouchers to spay or neuter feral cats. The vouchers will be sold during our Wellness Wednesday program from 9am-3pm every Wednesday from July 14-August 11. We have 550 vouchers available on a first come, first serve basis. Feral cats are a part of every community and with this program we hope to humanely address the overpopulation problem of feral cats in New Orleans. To learn more about feral cats and trap-neuter-return click here.

 2010 Care Cadet Camp

On June 26, our 2010 Care Cadets graduated at Jefferson Feed, Pet and Garden Center. In addition to all the great things they learned this summer, they had so much fun training the Care Cadet cats and dogs. Check out some of their more successful attempts at training here. Kiki, the 2 yr-old kitty, and three hamsters are still available for adoption. Let Allie, our Humane Education Instructor, know if you are interested in meeting one of these wonderful pets in need of a forever home.

CEO's Corner

The Gulf Coast Companion Animal Relief Program launched this week. The impact of this program will be felt throughout the coastal parishes and as the news about the oil spill continues to be dismal we are grateful that with the help of our partners we are able to keep family pets where they belong, comforting their families.
   As this disaster continues to affect our region we are reminded how any disaster can endanger our companion animals and the importance of staying prepared for the dangers we can anticipate. Check out our disaster section on the Web site for information on evacuation, oils and hurricanes, and more details on our Gulf Coast Companion Animal Relief Program.
   As we remain committed to our mission of improving the quality of life of all companion animals you will continue to see programs and services offered to victims of these tragedies.

Upcoming Events

July 15
Semolina's Pasta with a Purpose more >

July 17
An Adoption Option
more >

July 25
Towel and Newspaper Collection Day at City Bark more >

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