Adopt A Cat
Each summer the LA/SPCA encourages the community to put together a disaster plan in case of an emergency. Our goal is to have each pet owner think through a plan that includes their pet before disaster strikes; for us in the form of a hurricane. This summer, it seems disasters have hit in many forms throughout the United States.
The LA/SPCA responded quickly to reports that the Mississippi River and its rising waters were going to affect the communities surrounding New Orleans. We organized transports with our partner shelters to move 100 animals from at-risk areas for guaranteed adoption. Valerie Robinson of Terrebonne Parish Animal Shelter states, "Our goal in transporting some of our animals to the LA/SPCA for adoption was to create space in our shelter for animals that may need our assistance due to the impending flood waters from the Atchafalaya River." With support from our community we were able to complete this goal. Thankfully, the flood waters never reached our South Louisiana counterparts, but because of our quick action they were prepared for the worst.
A deadly tornado devastated the town of Joplin, MO in May. The LA/SPCA could empathize with what the residents of that devastated town were going through and we knew it was going to get worse before it got better. At the request of the ASPCA we sent employees to Joplin, MO to aid in an operation to safely house, reunite, or adopt out over 700 now homeless pets. Without missing a beat in our own operations we sent three teams to assist animal rescuers from across the country culminating in an adoption event to be rivaled.
As we continue to encourage New Orleans residents to be prepared in the midst of hurricane season these recent events remind us that disaster can strike at any moment and we should all remember our pets in any plans we make. Become a LA/SPCA member to receive an emergency sticker for your home and support our continued disaster response efforts.
June is Adopt a shelter cat month nationwide. Due to the mountains of kittens that arrive at shelters throughout the country during springtime kitten season, June is the perfect month to promote these felines. This June we've found 33 new forever homes, but the LA/SPCA is taking it one step further this year and hosting a Kitten Kaboodle adoption event on July 16. We'll be showcasing all of our adoptable cats and kittens throughout the shelter along with special information sessions on how to care for cats and kittens. We hope we double the number of adoptions in just one day! The Kitten Kaboodle will be held at the LA/SPCA Animal Rescue and Care Center at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd from 10am-2pm. Stop by and open your heart to a new forever friend. See the adoptable kittens here. Not in the area? Find an adoptable kitten or cat near you: www.pettango.com. Many shelters throughout the country are putting in extra efforts to find these four-legged friends a new home.
It's a Dog, No It's An Elephant...
When Paws on Parade Title Artist Alex Beard was presented with his own Mardi Gras Bead Dog® he wasn't quite sure which direction he was going to take. So he went to what he knew best, wildlife. Thus Alex's Elephant Mardi Gras Bead Dog was created. We know it's a mouthful, but check out the incredible results of Alex's vision at la-spca.org/alexbeard. This is the sculpture Alex started with. Log on to find out how he transformed this Mardi Gras Bead Dog® into an elephant.
As hurricane season descends upon us it is a reminder to everyone throughout the country to prepare, prepare, prepare. Pets are unintended victims of disaster as we witnessed last year during the BP Oil Spill and we are now witnessing in Joplin, MO.
First and foremost, you must have a plan. Whether it is to stay with relatives, find a hotel, or just drive away, know what your plan is and how your pet will fit into it.
Have your pet practice getting into a kennel. Creating a non-stressful happy environment in your pet's kennel will ensure a less stressed pet as you entice him to get in the kennel and go during a disaster.
It's also a good idea to be aware of the pet friendly hotels throughout the region. Many hotel chains will take pets with a deposit. Knowing where to stay will help you make decisions on your journey. Petswelcome.com is a great resource for determining your best lodging option.
If we all just spend a moment thinking through how our pets will fit into our disaster plans, then pets will no longer face uncertain futures after disasters.
Woofs and Wags,
CEO of LA/SPCA
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Care Cadet Camp
Our first camp of the summer just wrapped up. This year's Care Cadets trained dogs and cats as well as learned something new about the LA/SPCA. The three week camp culminated in a graduation ceremony/adoption event at Jefferson Feed. The kids were so cute attempting to get every single pet adopted. Check out all of our camps on our Humane Education page.