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Left To Die In NOLA East

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.
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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.

  1. 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.

  2. To Donate:  /  email:  /  email:
    Monetary donations are desperately needed for boarding fees and vaccinations, combo testing, spay/neuter, ear mite treatment and more minor medical issues. In addition, the cats and dogs are covered with fleas and require treatment.

3/14/07,  ~  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.

Cockfighting: Louisiana Now Stands Alone

Louisiana SPCA
701 Thayer Street
New Orleans, LA 70114
504-368-5191, fax: 504-368-3710
Laura Maloney, CEO, 504-368-5191 ext 200

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.
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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.

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Make Room For More!

Adopt From ARNO
Petfinder  ■  Save-A-Pet

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.

High-Kill Hammond

Tangipahoa Parish Animal Control
15487 Club Deluxe Road
Hammond, LA 70403

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.

Katrina Resources

60 Million Containers Of Wet Cat/Dog Food Are Toxic And Recalled

Menu Foods Recall
Plant Code 4197  ►  Lots 6339 to 7073
Manufacture Dates: 12/3/06 to 3/6/07

Symptoms To Watch For
1) Lethargy, Loss of Appetite
2) Vomiting
3) Acute Renal Failure

Recalled Dog Products
  1. Americas Choice, Preferred Pets
  2. Authority
  3. Award
  4. Best Choice
  5. Big Bet
  6. Big Red
  7. Bloom
  8. Bruiser
  9. Cadillac
  10. Companion
  11. Demoulas Market Basket
  12. Eukanuba
  13. Food Lion
  14. Giant Companion
  15. Great Choice
  16. Hannaford
  17. Hill Country Fare
  18. Hy-Vee
  19. IAMS
  20. Laura Lynn
  21. Loving Meals
  22. Meijers Main Choice
  23. Mixables
  24. Nutriplan
  25. Nutro Max
  26. Nutro Natural Choice
  27. Nutro
  28. Ol 'Roy Canada & Ol 'Roy US
  29. Paws
  30. Pet Essentials
  31. Pet Pride
  32. Presidents Choice
  33. Price Chopper
  34. Priority
  35. Publix
  36. Roche Bros
  37. Save-A-Lot
  38. Schnucks
  39. Shep Dog
  40. Springsfield Pride
  41. Sprout
  42. Stater Bros
  43. Total Pet, My True Friend
  44. Western Family
  45. White Rose
  46. Winn Dixie
  47. Your Pet

Recalled Cat Products
  1. Americas Choice, Preferred Pets
  2. Authority
  3. Best Choice
  4. Companion
  5. Compliments
  6. Demoulas Market Basket
  7. Eukanuba
  8. Fine Feline Cat
  9. Food Lion
  10. Foodtown
  11. Giant Companion
  12. Hannaford
  13. Hill Country Fare
  14. Hy-Vee
  15. Iams
  16. Laura Lynn
  17. Li'l Red
  18. Loving Meals
  19. Meijer's Main Choice
  20. Nutriplan
  21. Nutro Max Gourmet Classics
  22. Nutro Natural Choice
  23. Paws
  24. Pet Pride
  25. Presidents Choice
  26. Price Chopper
  27. Priority
  28. Save-A-Lot
  29. Schnucks
  30. Science Diet Feline Savory Cuts Cans
  31. Sophistacat
  32. Special Kitty Canada
  33. Special Kitty US
  34. Springfield Prize
  35. Sprout
  36. Total Pet, My True Friend
  37. Wegmans
  38. Western Family
  39. White Rose
  40. Winn Dixie

ARK, Animal Rescue After Katrina

Donate To NOLA Independent Rescue
Key NOLA rescuers, Katrina evacuees themselves, pay for trap-neuter-release (TNR), medical, adopt/transport, rescue, food/water.

ARNO & Independents
Traci Kestler, 504-975-5971
P.O. Box 55284  /&nbsnbsp; Metairie, LA 70055-5284

Lakeview Cats Roaming
Kathy Sweeney
Jeanette Althans, 504-734-7771
333 Vinet Ave  /  Jefferson, LA 70121

Plaquemines Cat Action Team
Ramona Billot, 504-606-3116
102 A Omega  /  Belle Chase, LA 70037

Donate Via Kinship Circle
Kinship Circle, a 501c3 nonprofit charity, has arranged to accept donations on behalf of NOLA rescuers listed above.

Donate Online

Donate By Mail
Kinship Circle Disaster Aid Fund
7380 Kingsbury Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63130
State in enclosed note or check memo which NOLA rescuer your donation should go to.

LSART Summit

Louisiana State Animal Response Team Summit Conference
8550 United Plaza Blvd, Suite 100
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
1-800-524-2996, 1-225-928-5862

  • Location: Holiday Inn South, 9940 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Dates: Thur, Mar 22, 8:00am - 8:30pm
    Fri, Mar 23, 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Contact or 800-524-2996 for more information.

Transport Training for Animal Evacuations
  • Location: Agriculture & Forestry Department, 5825 Florida Blvd
    In Baton Rouge, 225-922-1254
  • Dates: Wed, 12:00 noon
    (You can also train online for evacuation transports and animal rescue.)

    Jim Crosby's Aggressive Dog Handling
    Location: LSU Vet School, Skip Bertman Dr., Baton Rouge
    Dates: Sat, 8:00am

PetSmart Charities Emergency Relief
Program Administrator: 904-571-6135

  • Location: Holiday Inn South, 9940 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Dates: Mar 21, 8:00am to 12:30pm
    Wed, Mar 21, 1:30pm to 6:00pm
    Sat, Mar 24, 8:00am to 12:30pm
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