Louisiana SPCA

This week PetravelR’s™ Adopt a Friend features the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA/SPCA).

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The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA/SPCA) is a private 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the elimination of animal suffering.  Chartered in 1888, it is the oldest and most comprehensive animal welfare organization in the state, providing care and basic medical services for thousands of homeless and unwanted animals each year.  Located on Mardi Gras Boulevard in New Orleans, the LA/SPCA has been committed to serving the needs of the people and animals in the community and across the region for more than 125 years.

The mission of the LA/SPCA is to advocate for the animals of Louisiana by advancing their welfare, promoting their interests and fostering the human-animal bond through innovative programs, education and service.

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These include animal adoptions, numerous classes and workshops on topics such as Pet First Aid & CPR and Dogs & Babies, dog training and consultations, disaster preparedness and response, and youth programs.

The LA/SPCA also sponsors innovative public awareness campaigns, like the 2012 Paws on Parade partnership with Haydel’s Bakery brought 69 unique Mardi Gras Bead Dog © sculptures to the streets of New Orleans. This project engaged the community, beautified the city, and raised awareness for animal welfare while generating revenue for the LA/SPCA.

The LA/SPCA’s Community Clinic provides preventative care including wellness appointments, vaccinations, microchipping and affordable spay/neuter services.

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Dog training classes range from beginner obedience and puppy manners to specialty classes, such a six-week class in Flyball, a dog sport in which teams of dogs race against each other from a start/finish line, over a line of hurdles, to a box that releases a tennis ball to be caught when the dog presses the spring loaded pad, then back to their handlers while carrying the ball.

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The LA/SPCA also provides a wide range of youth programs to the local community.  Students in the Project Humane school program are given the opportunity to train shelter dogs, learn about animal welfare issues, and the responsibilities of pet guardianship. The program aims to improve at-risk youth’s sense of personal worth as they share trust and build rapport with the animals at the LA/SPCA.  There are also field trips to the animal rescue and care centers, as well as educational Day Camps for various ages offered throughout the year, where campers learn proper care and handling of animals, responsible pet guardianship, animal behavior and training, and much more.

Louisiana Critter Cinema 3Critter Cinema is great fun for animal-loving, pizza-eating, movie-watching kids!  What better way to end the school week than getting cozy with kitties and canines, enjoying great G-rated critter movies, making friends with other young animal lovers and snacking on pizza and popcorn at the LA/SPCA.  For children ages 5-10, bring a sleeping bag and pillow–pjs are welcome!

Louisiana SPCA Paw party 1You can also celebrate your child’s birthday with a Birthday Pawty  at the LA/SPCA Animal Rescue and Care Center!  A unique and fun setting will leave a lasting impression with your child and their friends. The birthday child and guests will enjoy a unique and fun-filled animal experience, while learning about our four-legged friends and how you can help homeless animals in the community (plus, your birthday pawty booking fee will help the thousands of companion animals cared for each year by the LA/SPCA.

The LA/SPCA does so much for the community, but they need your support to continue their work.  There are many ways for you to help - Volunteer, become a member, or provide a foster home for an animal in need.  You can also help with a gift in honor or in memory of a special individual or pet, planned giving, contributing to the Phase II Capital Campaign,  donating items from the LA/SPCA wish list, or making a  donation online.  You can also contribute to Lolly’s L.E.A.S.H, the LA/SPCA program that transports 50-100 animals from the shelter in a specially designed trailer outfitted for animals to other shelters or adoption facilities across the country to find forever homes.

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