Saturday, December 4, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
December 1, 2010 Update:
New Orleans City Council alloted $200,000 more to the budget for Animal Control. While this is not what we proposed we were pleased to see that the council recognized the need for more funding. We are committed to Animal Control in New Orleans and will be working with the city to determine what services we can provide.
Thank you to all of our supporters for letting the Council know how important Animal Control is to you. Please take a moment and let your councilmember know we appreciate their support.
2010 Animal Control Contract Status:The City of New Orleans reduced funding for the LA/SPCA for 2010. Because there was only enough funding for 9 months, the LA/SPCA is providing emergency only services for the last 3 months of the year. LA/SPCA will continue to provide the following services out of our commitment to the quality-of-life of our companion animals and our community:
- Emergency response to humans injured or attacked by animals and emergency response to injured animals between 9 am and 5 pm (Mon. - Fri.)
- Bite case investigation and management during regular business hours
- Drop off location for found or unwanted animals 9 am and 5 pm (Mon. Fri.)
- Lost and found services
- Housing and humane care (food, shelter and veterinary care) for animals brought by the public.
- Adoption and re-homing of cats and dogs.
- Humane euthanasia and cremation for unadoptable animals.
LA/SPCA is unable to provide:
- Disaster Evacuation Assistance: LA/SPCA will not open and operate a temporary shelter for animals during tropical storm conditions or provide staffing for City Assisted Evacuation of Companion Animals prior to landfall of a major storm.
- After-hours Services: All calls received outside of regular business hours (Mon. - Fri) will be routed to NOPD. This includes weekend and holidays.
- Bite Case Quarantine: Animals that bite humans will need to be held by private veterinarians and billed to the City of New Orleans.
- Stray Animal Collection: LA/SPCA will not actively trap or collect strays roaming the streets in Orleans Parish. We will take in and provide care to strays brought to our shelter by the public and NOPD.
- Intact Dog Ordinance: City of New Orleans will be responsible for enforcement.
- Inspection of stables for mules used as transportation.
- Owner requested relinquishment in the field.
WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE US?The City of New Orleans has proposed reducing the funding for Animal Control 28.6% from $2,150,000 (which only covered 9 months) to $1,500,000. The LA/SPCA has requested $2,500,000 to provide routine Animal Control for 12 months. We are currently negotiating, but need your help. Please let your city representative know this is important to you and to your community.
Other Budget Facts:
- While the LA/SPCA has historically contributed an average of 41% a year to provide City Services, the LA/SPCA is unable to provide the City with year-round services for the amount proposed.
- The LA/SPCA has worked closely with the City Council to create revenue streams to help close this gap. In 2010, the LA/SPCA generated more than $250,000 of the funding needed through the collection of Rabies Licensing fees, Adoption fees, and other fines and fees.
- To provide 100% of Animal Control services it would cost the City of New Orleans less than ½ of 1% of its General fund. The General fund represents 80% of the total City budget.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
From LASPCA website...
Dr. Corey Hebert sat down with the LA/SPCA Animal Rescue and Care Center to discuss public health concerns if the stray population of New Orleans continues to be unchecked.
Dr. Corey Hebert is one of the most renowned physicians practicing medicine in the United States today. His travels across the country and around the globe have connected him to thousands of people as both a healer and a motivator. Dr. Hebert is one of the most sought after speakers in his field. He is a highly regarded medical broadcast journalist, working as on-air medical editor for the NBC television affiliate in New Orleans, Louisiana as well as a current contributor to the Discovery Channel's "How Stuff Works" television show. He is also the radio talk show host, of an extremely popular weekly segment on the Citadel Broadcasting Network, called "Doctor For The People" in which he answers health questions live on the air from people throughout the New Orleans metro area and across the country for those who hear his show simulcast on the internet. Dr. Hebert has a very unique charm which allows him to talk to urban youth and chairmen of boards with the same level of acceptance and respect. This is an extremely difficult balancing act, which is what separates him from so many others in his fields of pursuit.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
FROM LASPCA (EMAIL)Tomorrow (Wednesday, December 1, 2010) is the deadline for the City of New Orleans to present and vote on the 2011 budget. The Louisiana SPCA is compelled to provide exemplary Animal Control services to keep the people and pets of New Orleans safe. LA/SPCA Animal Control Officers are passionate about educating residents to become responsible pet owners and protecting the innocent victims of animal cruelty. We are committed to doing this job, but the simple truth is that it cannot be done for the amount the City is proposing. With no new information from the Administration, the future of Animal Control and the health and safety of the citizens in New Orleans is in peril.
The LA/SPCA has already committed to generating over $300,000 in fees to supplement the City’s funding. We need $2.2 million from the General Fund for Orleans Parish Animal Control. This is just ½ of 1% of the General Fund. Please ask the City Council and Administration now to consider the animals that will be on the city streets when services are not being funded. The animals of New Orleans are counting on all of us. Please, make your voice heard for them: www.dontcutanimalcontrol.com.
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Administration and City Council contact information:
Mayor, Mitch Landrieu: 504-658-4900/504-658-1000 email@example.com
Chief of Staff, Judy Morse: 504-658-4900 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Administrative Officer, Andy Kopplin: 504-658-8610 email@example.com
Deputy Mayor, Ann Duplessis: 504-658-8909 firstname.lastname@example.org
Arnie Fielkow 504-658-1060 email@example.com
Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson 504-658-1070 firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Guidry 504-658-1010 email@example.com
Stacy Head 504-658-1020 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristin Gisleson Palmer 504-658-1030 email@example.com
Cynthia Hedge-Morrell 504-658-1040 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon Johnson 504-658-1050 email@example.com
ü Use pet gates in your home to restrict your dog from areas that might be dangerous for him. This includes the area of the tree which might have ornaments that attract your pet and are unsafe for him to chew or play with, the water saucer beneath the tree that might contain bacteria or chemical preservatives, areas with lighted decorations and electrical cords, tempting baked goods and fruit baskets, etc.
ü Avoid decorating with, or keep out of reach, poinsettias, amaryllis, and potpourri which can be toxic in varying degrees to pets and humans.
ü Chocolate, rich table scraps, bones, grease and garbage should be kept out of reach of your pets. When preparing holiday baked goods, keep all ingredients away from your pet.
ü Most dogs want to enjoy the holiday visitors, but be aware that your active dog might overwhelm older or younger visitors and create an unsafe situation for both the human and the dog. Small or high-strung dogs might be overwhelmed by large numbers of guests. For the comfort of your dog and your guests, consider crating or restricting your dog to a bedroom during party time so he can take a break while you and your guests enjoy each other's company.
Even though you are busy, continue with your dog's daily exercise routine. Go for on-leash walks and schedule trips to the dog park for some quality play time with your pet. "A tired dog is a good dog." You will enjoy this time to de-stress from the holiday as well
STAFF AND OFFICE HOURS: We have a new dog park staff person, Ginny Vergadamo, and new office hours, 9am-5pm, M-F.
The dog park office is still located in the Friends of City Park trailer but will be moving to the new administration building on 1 Palm Drive in late December
ROAD WORK: The FEMA road project is under-way to improve parts of Diagonal Drive and Magnolia Drive, two of the streets that border the dog park, and to resurface the parking area across the street from the dog park. Access to the dog park will not be impossible, but you might need to take a detour or alternate route...something we New Orleanians have become experts in for the past few years!.
LOST AND FOUND: We are collecting quite a few items in the lost and found box at the dog park. If you are missing something, please look there or call the dog park office at 483-9377 to see if it has been turned in there. (If we find swipe cards in the box, we take them to the office to notify you. Hint: If you write your cell phone number on your card, perhaps the finder will be able to locate you while you are still in the dog park.) Some of the lost items include leashes, glasses, sweaters, even keys...we wonder how that person got home!
LEAF BLOWER RESPONSE: Special thanks to Jerry Lousteau from Canton, MS (displaced New Orleanian) and Rebecca Connolly for their donations and to William Hart and Pat Williamson to responding to our plea. As a result, we should be leaf free in the entrance plazza. What a great resonse!
Events: Mark your calendar for these special events.
December 2: Gambit Weekly Pet Adopt-a-Thon. Make the holidays "dog"gone "purr"fect for local animals. A $25 donation will sponsor an animal and help find it a suitable, permanent home. The deadline is near, so call 504 483-3138 before 4pm on December 2for more information and to pay by credit card. A picture of the pet you sponsor, along with your name and personal message, will be featured in a special issue of the December 7 issue of Gambit Weekly.
December 3 - January 2(except Dec. 24 & 31), starting at 6PM: Celebration in the Oaks in the City Park Botanical Garden and amusement area. Family friendly (no 4-legged family members, please) Christmas decorations, music, and fun. Visitwww.neworleanscitypark.comfor more information.
December 4 (starting at 10am): Animal pictures with Santa to benefit Animal Helperwill be taken outside the gates at NOLA City Bark. (Visit the NOLA City Bark Facebook page for more information.) Picture CDs will be sold for $20.
December 8 (noon): NOLA City Bark open board meeting in the Friends of City Park trailer across from Storyland. Come meet the board members and participate in our annual open board meeting. (No dogs, please.) Questions or concerns that you want to be discussed at the meeting preferably should be submitted firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Tuesday, December 7. Be sure to include your name and daytime and evening phone number. Questions or concerns will also be accepted in writing at the beginning of the meeting.
December 11 (11am - 2pm): NOLA City Bark holiday sale of NOLA City Bark t-shirts and doggy stockings. Volunteers will be at the dog park selling t-shirts, stuffed stockings for dogs and 2011 permits.
December 11 (noon-2pm): Visiting foster dogs and shelter dogs will be at NOLA
December 11, 12, 18, 19 (10am-3pm) and December 16 (3pm-6pm): Holiday Pet Photos,$25 per sitting, proceeds benefitting the LA/SPCA and Gulf Coast Doberman Rescue. Have your pet's photo taken with Santa or in a sleigh at Jefferson Feed, Pet, and Garden Center, 4421 Jefferson Hwy.
Monday, November 29, 2010