Animals & Pets

Friday, September 21, 2012

Pints for the pets

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 8:16 AM

New Orleans on tap
  • Courtesy of the Louisiana SCPA
  • Lots of people, and a few dogs, at last year's New Orleans on Tap.

Companionable, attentive and incapable of repeating any foolishness you might spout as the evening ticks on, a dog can make an ideal drinking buddy. Alas, we can’t always bring our dogs out with us for a night on the town. But at an event coming up this week, we can all hoist a few cold ones in their honor, and for their benefit, along with the cats, horses and other local animals in need of care.

The New Orleans on Tap Beer Festival returns Sept. 29, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in City Park. Organized by the local Bulldog taverns and the Louisiana SCPA, which is its beneficiary, and sponsored by Abita Brewing, the event features some 200 beers poured at booths arrayed around the Boathouse at City Park’s Big Lake.

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Friday, August 31, 2012

LA/SPCA #Isaac update: closed until power returns

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM


In anticipation of Hurricane Isaac, the Louisiana SPCA (which serves as the city's animal shelter and animal control) moved 87 cats and 56 dogs to shelters in Texas, and 35 dogs (and one cat) were transported to St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey.

The SPCA of Texas posted a photo gallery of Isaac-affected animals arriving at its shelter, and the national SPCA has kept a blog with updates about Gulf Coast pets (the Texas shelters reported dozens of adoptions following the arrival of the LA/SPCA animals).

The staff on-site at the Algiers shelter is caring for 100 animals, but the shelter is closed to the public until power is restored. LA/SPCA officials will announce when it can reopen — it currently only is responding to emergencies. If you see an animal-related emergency, call animal control at 504-368-5191 ext. 100 and leave a detailed message including name, address, contact information and details of the situation. A dispatcher is on duty manning calls. SPCA communications director Jennifer Albrecht says they're hoping to be up and running as early as next week, much like the rest of the city.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Y@ Speak: Zoo Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 10:39 AM

"Lions, tigers, bears/ I'm an animal." — Mr. Ghetto, "Lion King Bounce."
This city is going to the dogs — and camels, ostriches, rattlesnakes and pythons. Also this week: storm porn, 10th Ward Buck makes an announcement, Kermit Ruffins has a divorce party and Drew Brees adds to his brood.

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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.

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