Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
We are so grateful for your continual support through this past year. 2010 is coming to an end, and as you may have heard in the latest news reports we have resumed full Animal Control services after three months of negotiations with the City of New Orleans. When a challenge presents itself to the LA/SPCA team of staff, supporters, volunteers and board members we view it as an opportunity.
The City of New Orleans presented us with an alternative offer just days after we made the decision to move forward without a contract in order to uphold the quality of our animal care at the cost of the Orleans Parish Animal Control contract. Ultimately, the alternative offer rectified one of the main aspects that had come up in negotiations. Can our community continue to bear animal control services being funded for only one year at a time or even for only a partial year? That major question was rectified with this new four-year agreement. It also allows us to move forward and get on with the important work of helping animals. While the agreed upon offer is still below the amount we requested from the City we know we can innovatively budget a deficit solution since we will not be renegotiating year after year.
While our latest chapter of Animal Control has been written, we are looking forward to the future of not only Animal Control, but the multitude of other programs and services we provide as a progressive and humane organization. I encourage you to visitwww.la-spca.org to view our many services, from expanding our Humane Education programming to our proactive response to the thousands of companion animals affected by the recent Gulf Coast oil spill crisis. I am so proud to be part of an organization that brings so many different levels of giving into a single mission of improving the quality of life for the animals of our community.
I urge you to remember that mission as you celebrate the beginning of a New Year with your own four-legged and two-legged family. Without your support our Humane programming could not flourish. Please take a moment to make a tax deductible year end contribution to our mission of advocating for the animals of our region. We wish you, your family, your four-legged family and loved ones a wonderful New Year.
Woofs and Wags,
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
- From @ MargaretOrr reports of snow flurries in Harahan & River Ridge!
- Pamela is ALMOST killed by a very angry cat!
- Flights to the Northeast are cancelled, people are "stuck" everywhere...Can't leave, can't get home.
- Flights into Atlanta are also a mess.. people starting to convoy in cars.
- Only spent 50 minutes at City Bark... pups are still crazy.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
LA-SPCA reminds city of end of services
POSTED BY ALEX WOODWARD ON THU, DEC 23, 2010 AT 2:38 PM
The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA/SPCA) announced this morning a reminder of the end of its services: Stray animals will no longer be accepted to its shelter beginning tomorrow, Dec. 24, and all other emergency services such as injured animal response or dangerous dog complaints end Dec. 31. The organization also said it is frustrated with the city's "lack of communication regarding the public health and safety of New Orleans" following the LA/SPCA's break from the city as its animal control provider. The LA/SPCA also says it has had little or no communication with the city, and recent offers of a transition plan for whomever assumes animal control services have gone unanswered.
On Dec. 15, Landrieu administration press secretary Ryan Berni said, "We remain confident that we will be able to execute a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with another animal control provider in the region to secure these critical services for our residents. We are committed to providing good animal control services at a price the city can afford."
Rumors circulated last week that a newly created New Orleans chapter of the Human Society would front the city's animal control services for 2011, though the city and representatives from that organization have not confirmed.
"We implore the City to let the public know the plan for Animal Control,” said Ana Zorrilla, CEO of LA/SPCA, in today's statement. “We’ve already seen devastating consequences over the past three months because of the lack of funding provided by the city. The LA/SPCA can no longer cover the cost of caring for injured animals, picking up stray animals, and providing the standards of care necessary to humanely shelter the strays for their five day stray period. The LA/SPCA presented a transition plan in order to maintain care for the animals currently housed with us, as well as an offer to extend our current level of service through January 31, 2011 with no acknowledgment from City Administration.”
Visit www.la-spca.org/2011animalcontrol for more information.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
One of our former (moved to St. Rose) clients is my personal photographer. The year after Katrina, I hosted a cocktail at Dog Day Afternoon for all of our clients. Brandy took these photographs of Remy and has kept them in her elibrary. Y'all - I cried when I got the disk today... I miss my little man! Thank you Brandy... I love you. This is so special to me...