Animals & Pets

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Would you hire a 'nutrition service' called Nutria?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 1:23 PM


A generation ago, tourism and state officials attempted to solve the problem of Louisiana's invasive nutria rat by coming up with a campaign to get people not only to shoot the critters, but to eat them:
But what if nutria were to become in the 90's what redfish was to epicures in the 80's? Redfish was nearly wiped out in Louisiana when the New Orleans chef Paul Prudhomme started preparing it with a dense pepper char. Scientists only hope as much could be done for the nutria.

If the situation is eat or be eaten, that is where Dr. Thomas comes in. He is the father of the annual ''Nutriafest,'' a campy event that features a cooking contest designed to encourage consumption of the rodents. State officials say Dr. Thomas was the first person who came to mind when Louisiana received a $2.07 million Federal grant to help eradicate the pest by increasing its commercial potential. The taste is most often compared to rabbit.
Yeah, you can say "tastes like rabbit" all you want, but most people can't get over eating a swamp rat-beaver with pumpkin-orange teeth, even if you try to rebrand the rat as "ragondin" and come up with recipes like "Ragondin à l’Orange" — which is why it's puzzling that a new "personalized nutrition coach" service has launched calling itself "Nutria":

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Dog-friendly movie nights to begin at Zeitgeist

Posted By on Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 12:43 PM


Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center will institute BYOD ("Bring Your Own Dog") movie nights on Tuesdays beginning April 10.

The theater on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard screens arthouse, indie, horror, documentary and other films; BYOD screenings will feature the theater's regular programming. Tomorrow's screening is part five of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Eight Hours Don't Make a Day miniseries at 7 p.m.

Water is provided by the theater, and dogs do not need a ticket to attend.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Sen. John Neely Kennedy introduces his 'WOOFF Act,' and online commenters get snarky

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 3:42 PM

Woof indeed.
  • Woof indeed.

When a puppy died on a United airlines flight on Monday, Sen. John Neely Kennedy sprang into action, producing the cutely acronymed Welfare of Our Furry Friends (WOOFF) Act with Nevada Sen. Cortez Masto.
This did not go over well with a number of folks on social media, who noted Kennedy had yet to propose any legislation after a gunman killed 17 students at a Florida high school one month ago. A sampling of the blowback:

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

That horrible story about the dog that died on the United Airlines flight? Sen. John Kennedy is looking into it

Posted By on Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 1:58 PM

  • A United Airlines plane.

If you haven't read about it already, don't ruin the rest of your day — just know that United Airlines (you know, the company that drags doctors out of their seats) screwed up again yesterday with tragic results. A flight attendant insisted that a passenger put her pet carrier containing a French bulldog puppy in an overhead compartment instead of under the seat, and the puppy died in flight. (United is having a shitty week in general with pets; it also sent a German shepherd that was supposed to be traveling to Kansas to Japan instead.)

It turns out that killing pets is a particular problem with United. Here's the U.S. Dept. of Transportation statistics on animal deaths on U.S. airlines in 2017:


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Monday, October 30, 2017

Acro-Cats returning to New Orleans in December

Posted By on Mon, Oct 30, 2017 at 4:45 PM

The Rock Cats, rocking out. Promised versions of "A Cat in a Manger" and "Catnip Roasting on an Open Fire" were not performed.
  • The Rock Cats, rocking out. Promised versions of "A Cat in a Manger" and "Catnip Roasting on an Open Fire" were not performed.

In keeping with our editorial policy of informing New Orleans of all things cats-related
, we are happy to announce The Amazing Acro-Cats are returning to New Orleans in December for their annual holiday residency in the Crescent City.

America's favorite (only?) Cirque du Feline will once again thrill discerning theatergoers with 14 seasonally-themed performances at the Theater on St. Claude Dec. 1-16:

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Crescent City Cat Club, Marigny cat cafe, opens Nov. 4

Posted By on Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 9:24 AM


Get ready, New Orleans: a real live cat cafe (well, mostly) is coming soon to a trendy neighborhood near you.

Crescent City Cat Club (CCCC), a "visitation and adoption facility" located in Faubourg Marigny, opens Nov. 4 and features both indoor and outdoor cat habitats for 10-15 furry friends. The resident cats have been locally sourced from Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter and move in this weekend.

There's a $7 fee to hang out at this cat party, or for $10 you can enjoy a drink (coffee, soda, water) and a snack (chips, cookies, nuts, popcorn) during your visit. You may also bring your own refreshments, and there's free Wi-Fi and "cat-related media offerings." CCCC accommodates roughly 10 guests at a time.

The facility probably can't guarantee that the cats will enjoy your company — or even notice you're there — but if you happen to make a connection, the animals are adoptable and your CCCC entry fee is refundable if you take one home.

More information is available on the organization's website or by calling (833) 665-2228 (NOL-ACAT).

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tony the truck stop tiger euthanized after 17 years as Grosse Tete attraction

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM


Tony — a 17 year-old Siberian Bengal tiger — has died, after living his life as a Grosse Tete truck stop attraction at the center of a controversial legal battle over his ownership and life in Louisiana.

According to a statement from the Tiger Truck Stop website, Tony was euthanized Oct. 16 after exhibiting "typical signs that death was imminent" to "prevent Tony from suffering." The statement says Tony will be "preserved through taxidermy" following an autopsy.

Tony had lived at the truck stop since January 2001, when the tiger was six months old. "Tony knew many of the regular visitors to his Grosse Tete home and was known for
rubbing against the bars of his enclosure and 'chuffing' to those he liked," the statement said.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Louisiana SPCA offers fee-waived adoptions Oct. 15

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 6:02 PM


At its "Empty the Shelter" event Sunday, Louisiana SPCA partners with Subaru Loves Pets to waive fees for all adoptions.

Pets adopted Oct. 15 come microchipped and are spayed or neutered and treated with with up-to-date vaccines. The shelter also will offer a free trial of pet insurance plus a small bag of pet food. More than 300 animals are currently housed at the shelter.

Participants are encouraged to arrive early and must be 18 years old with ID. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to an event announcement on social media, adoption fees can normally be as much as $150.

In related news, Southern Animal Foundation hosts a "Kitten Party" at Alvar Library (913 Alvar St.) next weekend. Cats and kittens will be available to play with and adopt. That party is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct 21.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Orleans Cat Art & Film Festival is May 20

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 9:05 PM

Felis catus, the star of the internet. - CREATIVE COMMONS/ANDREW SKUDDER
  • Felis catus, the star of the internet.

If the universe is made of stars, the internet is made of cats — hence the popularity that's led to the third annual New Orleans Cat Art & Film Festival, which will be held at the Delgado City Park Student Life Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20.

The event will feature internet cat videos (of course), "feline art" (presumably made my humans, not cats), jewelry, live music, food and drink, workshops by the Louisiana SPCA, adoptable cats, a kids' area and more. Proceeds benefit the LA/SPCA and Art for Cats' Sake.

Tickets are $5-$25 in advance. For more information or to submit your own cat film, visit the event website.
Location Details Delgado Community College
Delgado Community College
615 City Park Ave.
New Orleans, LA
(504) 671-5012

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Proposed changes for Louisiana animal shelters move to the full state Senate

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 3:13 PM

Pups clamor for attention at the LA/SPCA. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Pups clamor for attention at the LA/SPCA.

Save the washable markers and cardstock. The days of “Missing Dog” posters may become a faint memory for Louisiana youngsters.

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development on Tuesday moved to recommend to the full Senate two bills, one authorizing animal shelters to post pictures of animals on a social media account or website, and the other setting regulations governing the operation of animal shelters and training of personnel.

Sen. Ryan Gatti, R-Bossier City, who authored Senate Bill 64, said the idea to authorize posting pictures of missing animals came up after talking to an array of pet-owning constituents “from all walks of life.”

“Social media is free, and you can set up a page for just about anything,” Gatti said.

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