Saturday, December 25, 2010
Christmas morning @ City Bark
Friday, December 24, 2010
Dinner, Wine & Fantastic Company
la veille de Noël
Thursday, December 23, 2010
From Gambit - 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.
Thousands of years ago cats were worshipped as gods...
Everyone is leaving us...
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I got such a sweet holiday gift today...
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...
Hello Mother Nature!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
SPCA begins cutting off services
Katie Moore / Eyewitness News - Video
NEW ORLEANS -- The Louisiana SPCA started discontinuing animal control services for the city of New Orleans Monday, and the group now says they'll stop taking strays from the public on Friday.
It's the latest in a controversial battle over how the city will provide animal control services without their 60-year partners.
From animals surrendered by their owners to strays to abused animals to animals that have bitten someone, the Louisiana SPCA has taken them all, unable to turn any away because of the group's contract with the city of New Orleans.
“Since October, we've had 500 stray animals brought to the shelter by the public,” said LA-SPCA Communications Director Katherine LeBlanc.
In October, the SPCA stopped going out to retrieve strays, saying the city stopped funding animal control.
But since they decided not to submit a proposal to the city to continue the contract for $300,000 less then they had wanted, the SPCA will now stop taking strays all together.
“We asked the city if they would like for us to extend our services through January, the end of January, in order to assist in that transition period. We have not heard back from the city about that transition period,” LeBlanc said.
Many animal rescue organizations are concerned about what will happen when the SPCA is no longer taking in strays, especially since they have limited kennel space.
“In the past couple of months, we've been inundated with requests for help with stray dogs, with dogs that people can't keep any more,” said Ken Foster, founder of the SULA Foundation, a group that rescues pit bulls and promotes the responsible ownership of them.
“The city seems to think that the police have been handling the problem all this time. And the police say they've handled 12 cases in the past few months. That's about how many calls I get a day,” Foster said.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu's Press Secretary Ryan Berni said Monday that the administration is working hard on a new arrangement for animal control services. However, animal activists are still concerned because the city doesn't even own a shelter to house animals.
The SPCA owns both their new building on the West Bank and the flooded building on Japonica Street, not to mention all their equipment.
“They want to do the job for about half the average cost in the united states per capita. And yet they're gonna have to build a shelter, or rent a shelter,” Foster said.
Rescue groups said they understand the city will enter into a "cooperative endeavor agreement" with the newly-formed group Humane Society of New Orleans.
Berni wouldn't confirm or deny that, but said they are working hard on coming up with a transition plan that they'll announce "soon."