Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO) hosts its annual fundraiser tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 6) to benefit the shelter, which has found homes for more than
5,500 6,800 animals since 2005 (and 8,800 including its Katrina rescues), and is one of the only shelters nationally that accepts feral pets.
The Harahan-based, volunteer-run shelter also offers adoption programs, a medical triage, foster care, humane trapping, spaying and neutering, a hospice program, offsite adoption and awareness events, and a pet retention program serving up to 60 indigent families each year — if families must relinquish their pets because of financial hardship, the program helps keep them together. (Read about Marcello the pitbull-mix in Gambit.)
The fundraiser features live music from Margie Perez, and food from Reginelli's, Nonna Mia, Semolina, Whole Foods, Nacho Mama's, Champagne Palace, Smilie's, Gumbo Shop, Sucre, Frances Bakery, Zea's, Kupcake factory, Rocky and Carlo's, and Acropolis, among others. The more than 100 auction and raffle prizes include hotels stays, New Orleans Saints gear, New Orleans Hornets tickets, jewelry, art, and a behind-the-scenes visit at Sucre.
The event is 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at Creole Gardens (1415 Prytania St.). Tickets are $25 and include food, one drink, and a chance to win a 42" TV. Call 669-1908 for more information.
Southwest Louisiana’s colony of endangered whooping cranes grew to 19 Tuesday, when wildlife officials released 16 young birds into the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area in Gueydan to join the three adult cranes placed there in March. The releases are part of a 15-year experimental program to establish a nonmigratory population of whooping cranes in Louisiana.
Similar programs to build whooping crane populations in the wild are under way in two other locations, and captive-breeding projects are being conducted at a dozen locations across the U.S. and Canada. The only self-sustaining natural wild population of whooping cranes nests in Canada, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) website. It also warns, “It is that all or most of the populations of these endangered birds could be wiped out from a single event such as a hurricane, disease outbreak, toxic spill, or prolonged drought. This makes the species vulnerable to extinction.”
I thought a dog-focused holiday event sounded fun, especially when I saw the Sula Foundation’s celebration at the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Ave.) Dec. 17 features PIT BULL CAROLING. What could be better, I thought. Pet some dogs, hear a different take on some yuletide songs, and see what else there is.
The free event is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be arts and crafts vendors (holiday shopping), food (healthy from Fatoush), live music (by humans), PIT BULL CAROLING and more.
That “more” is a free screening of the new holiday movie Hercules Saves Christmas and an appearance by the film’s stars Shortie Rossi, who also produced the film, and Hercules, a dog whose Christmas assignment is to pick a child (in this case a 12-year-old orphan boy) from Santa’s “naughty” list and give him a chance to earn his way onto the “nice” list. It’s a 90-minute family film that aired on Animal Planet earlier this month, and has parents (at least on the movie’s Facebook page asking where to buy a copy of the movie.
If you're considering adding a pet to your household, visit the event and take a look at the dogs available for adoption.
Why is that? An article last month in USA Today spelled out some possible reasons:
There are no statistics, but there's plenty of anecdotal evidence and many possible explanations, ranging from superstitions like the notion that black cats are bad luck, to a simple logistical problem: Black animals are hard to photograph well, and are therefore hard to advertise. To combat the problem, shelters have come up with a variety of creative measures, from reducing adoption fees to improving the quality of the photos.
"Overwhelmingly, we hear from the shelter and rescue groups that black dogs, especially the big black dogs, and black cats take longer to get adopted," said Kim Saunders, vice president of shelter outreach for Petfinder.com, the country's largest online pet adoption database.
The Louisiana SPCA is having that problem right now, so it's declared this week "Black Friday" for adoptable pets — all dogs and cats with black fur are only $25 to adopt. I went to the shelter yesterday and played with a bunch of them, like Buford (up top), a Great Dane-Lab mix. There were also hounds, pits and pit mixes and even a small black Cairn terrier. In the cat room, about one-third of the cages were filled with very friendly and affectionate black felines, from small kittens to calm adult cats.
The sale goes through Friday, and the shelter is closed Thanksgiving Day. Here's more information.
This has nothing to do with New Orleans ... but I've missed Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and am pleased to see him back on Conan. (This was the same show where O'Brien officiated at the same-sex wedding of one of his staffers, a job that was probably best not left to Triumph.)
It’s a good weekend to enjoy some crisp fall weather amid Cajun, zydeco and country music, cultural activities and demonstrations, and a variety of food and crafts vendors Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5-6 at the Louisiana Swamp Festival at Audubon Zoo. Activities include opportunities to interact with animals and watch them being fed in the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit. There also will be musica performances there.
Food choices include shrimp and crabmeat gumbo, spinach and crawfish bread bowls, cochon du lait po-boys, cochon nachos, grilled alligator sausage, soft-shell crab po-boys — and for extreme decadence, there are fried Oreos, Twinkies and bananas.
The festival is free to Audubon Zoo members and is include in the cost of zoo admission for nonmembers.
Check out the music schedule below the jump.
Online ticket sales are closed, but walk-up tickets are still available for $125, which gets you food from some of the city's best restaurants (including John Besh and Brian Landry's soon-to-open Borgne), entertainment by Wanda Rouzan and A Taste of New Orleans Band, a silent auction, the chance to meet honorary hosts Jonathan Silverman and Jennifer Finnigan ... and the LSU game. Theme: Motown. Location: the new Hyatt Regency Hotel. Difference you could make for homeless animals: Big.
Following a legal battle among Baton Rouge courts, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin, a judge today ruled that Sandlin's big cat — a 550-pound Bengal-Siberian tiger — can no longer be kept at the truck stop.
This afternoon, Judge Michael Caldwell ruled that Sandlin's current permit to keep the cat (issued by the LDWF) was illegally issued, must be revoked, and can't be renewed. "We're delighted," said ALDF communications director Lisa Franzetta. "The judge got the letter of law right."
In April, the ALDF slapped a lawsuit against the LDWF and its secretary Robert Barham, arguing that he "violated state law in granting a permit allowing Sandlin to exhibit Tony at the Tiger Truck Stop," in particular Act 715, prohibiting citizens from keeping a tiger as a pet or exhibiting a tiger in the state, grandfathering in individuals who legally owned big cats as of August 15, 2006. But, ALDF argued, "These owners would need to apply for an annual permit from the LDWF. An ordinance passed in Sandlin’s parish of Iberville in 1993 made it illegal for anyone to keep a tiger or other large exotic cat on his or her premises for exhibition. In other words, Sandlin did not qualify for the exception because he was not in legal possession of Tony." So that's that.
In August, Caldwell ruled to review the case to include Sandlin in the hearing. Today, Caldwell sided with ALDF.
"Our concerns are the conditions in which Tony is kept," Franzetta said. She said the organization wants to
ensure Tony has the resources to "make sure he ends up at a sanctuary" for big cats.
What a great day for New Orleans On Tap, the annual beer sampling that's also a fundraiser for the Louisiana SPCA. Thousands of people turned out in New Orleans City Park (many with their dogs) to try hundreds of beers, listen to Rotary Downs and Flow Tribe, and meet many of the SPCA's adoptable pups. Here's what it looked like.
It’s a great weekend to celebrate fall: spend some time outdoors, hear some free music, check out different beers for a cheap price — and help raise money for the Louisiana SPCA (LA/SPCA). WWL-TV chief meteorologist Carl Arredondo (http://www.wwltv.com/weather/?nTar=OPUR&iq_id=7823934) says it will be sunny, with highs in the mid-70s — good weather for the second annual New Orleans on Tap beer festival at City Park today (Saturday, Oct. 1).
The free festival is from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. by the boathouse at the Big Lake (across from Christian Brothers School on Friedrichs Avenue). There’s music, prizes — and if you need it, a free cab ride home.
Admission is free, but festivalgoers buy tickets to pay for refreshments, games and more. Beers from home brewers and local, national and international breweries are available in two sizes: samples start at $1, and large beers are $3 and up. Local brewers represented include Abita, NOLA Brewing, Lazy Magnolia, Covington Brewhouse, Heiner Brau Microbrewery and Bayou Teche Brewing. Other labels available are He’Brew, Harpoon, Blue Moon, Paulaner, Ommegang, Sam Adams, Kronenbourg and many others. (For a complete list of beers or more information, visit www.neworleansontap.org.) Food offerings include jambalaya, Zapp’s chips, hamburgers, hotdogs and sno-balls.
Live music starts at 2:30 p.m. with Rotary Downs, followed by Flow Tribe at 5 p.m.
Festivalgoers also can enter raffles for Saints vs Falcons tickets from findargyle.com, a $429 bicycle from East Bank Cyclery, and a $250 pair of tickets to the LA/SPCA’s Howling Success benefit gala Nov. 5.
Southern Eagle is sponsoring free cab rides after the event.
Tickets go on sale at City Park at 1 p.m. Saturday, and packages include an interactive Around the World Pass that allows attendees to try beer offerings from around the world. (Passholders get a free New Orleans on Tap T-shirt.) Other ticket packages are $20 for 22 tickets, $50 for 58 tickets and $100 for 120 tickets.
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