Saturday, June 12, 2010


We have been getting "Frontline", collars, leashes, etc... Supplies are great too!

The need is still great! Let our food help stock the "pantry" going forward!

Plaquemines animal shelter helps those left unemployed by Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Published: Saturday, June 12, 2010, 2:45 PM Updated: Saturday, June 12, 2010, 2:51 PM

It's not just wild animals that have been affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

gulf_oil_pj_hahn_queen_bess_boot.jpgPlaquemines Parish coastal zone director P.J. Hahn was photographed June 5 lifting his boot out of thick beached oil at Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay.

Sue Sampey, president of the Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society, says some three dozen animals have been turned in to the parish shelter since the oil spill -- which is more than usual. On Saturday, officials are holding a pet food giveaway.

The shelter received a donation of 12 tons of dog and cat food, and Sampey hopes the kibble will help folks who were unemployed because of the spill keep their pets.

In the weeks after the spill, one person left three dogs tied to a post at the shelter one night. The dogs were accompanied by a note saying that owner couldn't afford to care for the animals.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Pet Food & Supplies Drive

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." ~Dr. Seuss

All hands on deck to help our fishermen in need!

We are collecting food and supplies to take to Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Belle Chasse. We are also in discussion with the Plaquemines Health Department and Billy Nungesser's office to determine who else may need some help...

This weekend and next week, we will be collecting items for donation… The immediate need is pet food and litter. PAWS also needs additional items (listed here). It sounds like cleaning supplies would also be very helpful at this point.

Please let us know if you can help. We will come by and pick up whatever you can give or you can drop off at 3101 Prytania Street.

Thanks so much and thanks Sarah, Shirley, Del and Lisa (our wonderful clients) for helping drive this effort as well!

Put my cover down please...


I like food!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

I am on vacation!

Hi Mommy!

We are collecting wish list items for PAWS!

Cat & Dog Items:

  • Pet Smart Cat Litter
  • Dog Collars (with holes) small, medium and large
  • Dog Leashes (good quality nylon)
  • Friskies or 9 Lives Cat Food
  • Dog & Cat Treats
  • Friskies Kitten food
  • Rawhide chews
  • Frisbees
  • Pupparoni Treats
  • Scratching posts
  • Towels
  • Blankets & comforters
  • Pet Smart gift certificates
  • Dog beds (Kuranda beds preferred)(
  • Frontline Fleas & Tick Prevention
  • Dewormer
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Cotton Balls
  • Grooming Tools
  • Shredded Paper
  • Newspaper

Oil spill hardships forcing owners to give away pets

by Bigad Shaban / Eyewitness News

Posted on June 9, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Updated today at 12:07 PM

BELLE CHASSE, La. -- The trickle-down effect of the oil spill can now be felt inside animal shelters along coastal parishes. Unemployed fisherman are struggling to support both their families and their pets, leaving many with no choice but to try and give away their animals.

Inside the back room of the Plaquemines Parish Animal Welfare Society (P.A.W.S.) shelter, you can hear a whimpering from Dexter. The puppy is one of more than 40 dogs caged inside the facility. While none have a drop of oil on them, they are still very much suffering because of it.

Their rescue shelter is packed, every cage filled. And the waiting list for people trying to drop off their pets here is now 20 percent longer than normal

The reason, according to shelter director Jacob Stroman, has everything to with the growing mess in the Gulf.

Out-of-work fisherman, Stroman said, are finding it harder to care for their families and their pets and are now reluctantly choosing to give up their animals to safe havens like his.

"We want to help as much as we can," said Stroman. "And brace our self for the future because it's probably only going to get worse."

Just a few miles to the south rests Myrtle Grove Marina. The once busy fishing hub is now a staging area for BP. Fencing lines the compound, and boom waits to be deployed. The fisherman paid to do it say BP won't them talk to reporters.

But Charles Ballay said he knows their fear and frustration. He's the co-owner of the marina and the parish's district attorney.

"They are worried about when their next paycheck is going to come," said Ballay. "I'm sure animals might be something I guess they feel they might have to depart with, because they have to make choices, some tough choices."

Such choices are now putting more pressure on out-of-work fisherman and already packed animal shelters.

"As soon as one animal is adopted out, you take in another," said Stroman.

The need for new pet owners is real and growing as struggling fisherman reluctantly sit on a waiting list to give up what is theirs. Once man's best friend, is now seen as a financial burden.

If you would like adopt an animal from the Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society or to find out how to donate food or supplies to the shelter, please contact:

Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society (P.A.W.S.)
9596 Hwy 23
Belle Chasse, Louisiana
Hours: 1 5 P.M.
(504) 392-1601
In an effort to keep animals with their original owners, both Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parishes will soon be giving away free supplies of pet food.
Plaquemines Parish
Pointe Celeste Therapeutic Riding Center
21178 Highway 23
Port Sulphur, Louisiana 70083
Saturday, June 12
10 a.m. - 2 p.m
Coordinated by the Humane Society of the United States
St. Bernard Parish
115 West Agriculture Road
Beginning June 15, each Tuesday and Thursday
8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Chalmette, Louisiana
Coordinated by the Humane Society of the United States
The free pet food giveaways will only last until supplies run out.

Serious Face!

Drop the cookies!

Katie eating her giant Rice Krispie treat that Pamela made...


Rub my belly!

We are going to miss you little man!

Enjoy your new home...
We love you!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Max no longer responds to his given name...

"Max". He only responds to "Sexy"!
My work here is done.

My Mommy is having a baby today!

Went in the bush...

Came out like this!

It is hot!

Look how cute LuLu is!

We are not in Europe... we are home!

How cute!?!

Summer hair!

Makes me happy...


Fafafohi Mom!

Her wants one...

And by that I mean, to eat 1!