3/1/07, Southern Animal Foundation ~ This
tragedy is a top reason why "just TNR" won't work. A cat, who we named "Little Miss Sunshine" was found in semi-populated New Orleans East. She's an adult, but weighs under 4 pounds. She's very sweet and tame, but in horrible shape. An animal in this condition cannot be trapped, neutered, released. Yet, who is going to care for her? Does she deserve to be euthanized because she was left to die? She's not the only one like this out there. We save them one at a time.
10 Acres For Sanctuary
3/8/07, Reply To: Jane Garrison ~ We bought almost 10 acres of land in Lucerne Valley, very close to Victorville, CA (about an hour outside Los Angeles). The land is currently vacant with no buildings or fences. We are offering use of this land to an animal group looking to set up a sanctuary.
Fosters For Cats Seized From Hoarder
3/2007, Pam Leavy ~ Thanks to APAWS and Spay Baton Rouge, 65 cats and 7 dogs were removed from a hoarding situation by 2/26/07.
Foster Or Adopt: Dianne, 225-572-1156 or Emily, 225-335-4606
Foster and forever homes are needed for currently boarded cats. If any "barn cats" turn out to be friendly, they too will enter the adoption program.
3/14/07, email@example.com ~ Cats have begun to come back from foster homes, you know the story: We helped as long as it was news but expected the perfect cat, adopted in a day or two. One foster relinquished all dogs to us. We don't have funds to vet them for adoption. We presently have 11 cats and 2 dogs at a boarding facility, with 2 cats at Animal Ark. One may need eye removal and another has mouth issues. All have ear mites, fleas and allergies. The barn cats seem okay, but some want inside. They don't seem to be barn cats at all, and thus, may soon reenter the program. We are out of money to board and treat these animals. Donations are greatly appreciated.
3/12/07 ~ Today New Mexico became the most recent state to ban cockfighting. With that passage Louisiana is now the only state in the country that still allows the activity. This is true despite the fact that 82% of Louisiana residents favor a legislative ban on an activity recognized as a cruel
and barbaric blood sport.
Earlier today, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson signed legislation that makes cockfighting a crime in his state. Cockfighting opponents now focus solely on Louisiana which has yet to outlaw the activity. LA-SPCA, a strident and longtime advocate to end cockfighting, feels that the renewed attention on Louisiana will not be lost on state lawmakers, and that the pendulum to end cockfighting is clearly swinging toward those who want to see an end to an activity that encourages roosters to brutally fight one another to their death.
"The country is already focused on Louisiana due to our massive recovery efforts, and no one wants to see Louisiana blemished with the stigma of the only state that still allows such a brutal and inhumane practice," said Laura Maloney of the LA-SPCA. "Cockfighting is an outdated blood sport and with it comes the stain of illegal gambling, violence and crime. We feel the tide has turned and we're confident our legislature is aware of the cultural shift."
LA-SPCA has tirelessly lobbied Louisiana lawmakers during past legislative sessions. For the first time last year an anti-cockfighting bill authored by Senator Arthur Lentini made
it as far as the legislature's Agricultural Senate Committee. Although the bill was finally defeated in the full House, cockfighting opponents saw it as a promising step. LA-SPCA intends to bring its battle back to lawmakers with the opening of the 2007 legislative session in April where a bill to outlaw the practice is sure to be introduced.
In 2004, a poll conducted by Hill Research Consultants indicated that 82% of the Louisiana residents favor a legislative ban against cockfighting. Seventy-eight percent of New Orleanians feel strongly that the legislature should outlaw the sport. Even 77% of citizens in Lafayette, where the activity is often practiced, believe the sport should be illegal.
Along with horrific images of roosters fitted with sharp razors to gouge and puncture until one dies, the sport is also a concern to LA-SPCA and others because young children are often in the audience and exposed to the activity. "Cockfighting is often billed as a form of 'family entertainment' by its supporters and young children who are often in the audience observing this barbaric sport are desensitized to violence," added Maloney.
PCAT's Ramona Billot
3/2007, Alley Cat Allies ~ In Plaquemines Parish, calls about feral cats are routed to Plaquemines Cat Action Team (PCAT). PCAT is the first attempt to substitute humane solutions for traditional, lethal animal control. PCAT's mission: Humane education and TNR guidelines for community and local government, to control feral/stray cat populations and improve quality of life for them. Though local officials do not yet offer nonlethal services, they support efforts to build TNR. When ACA's Diane Blankenburg sought to form a Plaquemines feral cat group, citizens were enthusiastic. Ramona Billot, a banker by day, quickly agreed to lead PCAT.
Ramona found her passion for ferals in the shadow of Hurricane Katrina. For months, she sought access to sealed-off Memorial Medical Center where she believed her sister's four cats were stranded. The miraculous recovery of those cats inspired Ramona to save feral cats. With two spay/neuter clinics for feral cats in place, PCAT volunteers see real results. Ramona says she is more hopeful for animals of Plaquemines than ever before.
These Blue Heeler-Redtick Coonhound Mix puppies are among ARNO sweeties who need homes. All ARNO rescues need fosters to give them a safe, loving home until transport, reunion or adoption. Help us save animals from Katrina's desolate streets. Your support lets ARNO save more animals from kill shelters. There is a drastic increase in Katrina surrenders.
The animal shelter in Hammond receives some 1400 animals a month and only adopts out about 50 each month. Some are killed the same day they arrive. Please contact the shelter ASAP if you can adopt or foster to save a life. Anyone has the power to get an animal out before he or she is killed. Most are perfectly healthy dogs and cats, yet face death.