Animals & Pets

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Public Transit Tuesdays: Leonidas

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 11:59 PM

The second accompanied installment of Public Transit Tuesdays brings us from City Park to Audubon Zoo on the Leonidas bus, passing through Hollygrove, Pigeon Town and Gert Town, proving to be a fine continuation of my Uptown education which began years ago when I was a student at Lusher Extension. This bus adventure opens with difficult questions: How do you pronounce "Leonidas" anyway? What are the boundaries of these neighborhoods? Good thing my bus buddy and best friend Jenny who was raised in all three neighborhoods was there to help answer them...


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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Public Transit Tuesdays: Tchoupitoulas

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Since the Tchoupitoulas bus comes only once an hour—with the exception of coming once every half hour in the early morning, late afternoon and early evening—this bus adventure was more of a walking tour. A very exhausting walking tour. Still, I explored different socioeconomic areas, stopped at some fun places and met some nice people who were eager to talk with me...



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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Sit. Eat. Good Cause.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 9:00 AM


A new citywide, charitable dining event coming up June 14is really for the dogs…and the cats, and the hamsters and the other animals in need.

It’s called Pause for Dinner, and the event is a benefit for the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA/SPCA), the private nonprofit that cares for so many abandoned and abused animals around our community. Getting involved is easy, since this fundraiser works by asking New Orleanians to do what they love to do anyway: dine out.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Giant albino mutant spiders destroy New Orleans in Arachnoquake

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Terror has a new compound word, and its ARACHNOQUAKE.
  • Terror has a new compound word, and it's ARACHNOQUAKE.
We told you about it last December, but now it's almost here: Arachnoquake, the TV movie in which GIANT ALBINO MUTANT SPIDERS destroy New Orleans, will air on SyFy June 23 at 8 pm.

This fine use of Hollywood South tax credits stars Tracey Gold (Growing Pains) and Edward Furlong (Terminator 2), and Entertainment Weekly has the first trailer, which is well worth your time if you want to see St. Louis Cathedral blow up and the CBD on fire due to GIANT ALBINO MUTANT SPIDERS.

Here's the synopsis:

Another day in New Orleans at Lacross Adventures and Sightseeing turns into mayhem when an Earthquake opens fissures and golf-ball sized Albino spiders come crawling out from beneath the streets. Paul Lacrosse, his Dad Roy and his sister Petra are the only ones who realize that the Natural Shale Gas deposits that range from Louisiana all across the Southern U.S., have been exposed by the ongiong Earthquakes, and have released a fire-breathing long dirmant [sic] species of spider-and these spiders are extremely aggressive. Now it's up to the Lacrosse family to pull out all of the stops, along with the National Guard, to find a weakness in this new breed of terror.

Back in December, Pizza Nola mentioned throwing a viewing party if anyone is interested in hanging out, eating pizza and watching GIANT ALBINO MUTANT SPIDERS in a movie with lines like "It’s time to show Daddy Longlegs how we roll on the bayou.” Anyone in?

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New Orleans trying to decide where to build new dog parks

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 1:33 PM

A map of New Orleans existing dog parks, official and unofficial, along with sites that are being considered for new dog parks.
  • A map of New Orleans' existing dog parks, official and unofficial, along with sites that are being considered for new dog parks.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration is surveying citizens and holding meetings about the development of dog parks in New Orleans. More than 1,400 residents have responded to an online survey aimed at determining the needs of dog owners (you're welcome to do so; the survey closes Friday). This week, the city’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement is holding a series of six public meetings last week (one in each council district; two in District C) to explain the fact-gathering process and get more community input. Tonight's meetings are at 6 pm at Holy Angels Church (3500 St. Claude Ave.) and the Cut-Off Recreation Center (6600 Belgrade St.).

“The goal is to put one dog park and one dog run in each council district,” explained Vince Smith, director of capital projects, to a group of about eight people gathered at the District A meeting last night at the Robert E. Smith Library in Lakeview. Smith said the city had identified 23 unofficial dog parks across the city — 10 of which are in District A — in addition to “City Bark,” the membership-only dog park in New Orleans City Park. Dog owners pay $43 per year for a permit to use the 4.3-acre off-leash park, a fenced area with amenities that include a dog wash and a smaller fenced-in area for little dogs.

It’s not only the sites that are unknown right now — it’s the funding. “We have no dedicated funds,” Smith said. “This is a site-selection process only.” Smith explained that the city isn’t sure yet whether any dog park monies would come from the capital operating budget or from New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD) funds, so there’s no timetable on building.

Those who can't make the meetings can still provide feedback to the city at

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Despite court order, Tony the tiger still at truck stop

Posted By on Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Yesterday, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed another lawsuit in the now years-long appeal to force the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, La., to remove Tony, an 11-year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger.

Despite last year's ruling to prevent Tony's owner Michael Sandlin from confining the big cat, Sandlin, the suit charges, still houses Tony at the truck stop. In November 2011, Judge Michael Caldwell of East Baton Rouge District Court ruled that Sandlin's permit to keep the cat (issued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, or LDWF) was illegally issued, must be revoked, and can't be renewed. The suit would, according to ALDF, "compel the (LDWF) to take steps to enforce the law and report Sandlin's illegal possession of Tony to local law enforcement for prosecution."

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Animal and pet events this weekend

Posted By on Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 8:00 AM

If the Final Four isn't your thing — and your only problem with our Pet Issue was that it was too short — there are a couple of events this weekend you need to know about:

• The Louisiana SPCA is holding a Mega Match-a-Thon at its Algiers facility on Sunday, April 1. Eleven other animal welfare groups and breed rescues from various parishes are coming together for the event, which will offer music, food, a raffle and a ton of adoptable pets looking for homes. Learn more here.

• On the same day, the Spaymart organization is holding a "Paws Cause" fundraiser at the Shamrock in Mid-City, with games, food, a cash bar, a silent auction, pool and dart challenges and more. It's only $10, and funds go to the Spaymart Community Kitten Foster & Adoption Program. Spaymart says it found homes for more than 300 cats last year.

• And, as Alex Woodward wrote, the Villalobos Pitbull Rescue Center opens today on N. Claiborne Avenue. Read his January article on New Orleans' homeless pit bull problem.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Villalobos pitbull rescue center opens tomorrow

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Founded by Tia Maria Torres, Villalobos Rescue Center is the star of the Animal Planet reality series Pit Bulls and Parolees, which follows Torres and the crew at the center. After being forced to move from its California facility, it opened another, this one in New Orleans. The new location celebrates its grand opening tomorrow.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Report: Louisiana dolphins "severely ill"

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Dolphins jump over strands of oil in the Gulf of Mexico in July 2010.
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  • Dolphins jump over strands of oil in the Gulf of Mexico in July 2010.

In Barataria Bay, scientists and researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association have been studying bottlenose dolphins in the wake of the BP oil disaster.

The NOAA performed physicals on 32 dolphins in 2011, and today, the early results are dramatic: many are "underweight, anemic, have low blood sugar and/or some symptoms of liver and lung disease," and "nearly half also have abnormally low levels of the hormones that help with stress response, metabolism and immune function." One of those dolphins died in early 2012.

An "Unusual Mortality Event" was declared by NOAA following a spike in dolphins entering (and dying in) the northern Gulf of Mexico — since February 2010, NOAA said, more than 675 dolphins have been stranded there (atypical of an average 74 per year). Most have died, but 33 were stranded alive, and seven were put into rehabilitation, according to NOAA.

NOAA told Baton Rouge's Advocate that though a link can't be made between the 2010 oil disaster and the plunge in dolphin health, it's been seen before.

The study was performed under the Natural Resource Damage Assessment, a requirement under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Saints love homeless pets

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Gumbo, Mark Ingram and a friend.
  • Gumbo, Mark Ingram and a friend.

As the New Orleans Saints organization squares its feet following one of the biggest blows to its entire world, some team members, in likely one of their first public appearances following Bountygate 2012, are publicly announcing... their love to animals.

And not just Gumbo, everyone's favorite juiced up St. Bernard. Defensive end Jeff Charleston, center Brian de la Puente, golden-footed kicker Thomas Morstead and center Matt Tennant are active volunteers with the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA/SPCA) — last year, the players completed volunteer orientation and they spend downtime at the Algiers shelter. (Running back Mark Ingram also recently donated $5,000 to the organization's Pet Trust for animals in need.)

Charleston will emcee this weekend's Dog Day Afternoon at City Park, the LA/SPCA's 30th annual event, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 25. The event has live music from Amanda Shaw, a walkathon, food and dog contests.

For more information on pet adoptions, check out some resources in Gambit's fifth annual pet issue.

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