The Louisiana SPCA is here for animals no matter what. Whether it’s early mornings, hurricanes, hard work, global pandemics, or a normal day, we are here to help whoever may need it. For any animal in need our doors are always open, our lights are always on and our hearts are always open.
This year has been hard. Navigating the COVID-19 pandemic has been a new challenge, and we’ve had to change how we do some things. Through it all, we’ve done our best to be there for pets and their families. In March, we opened our doors to animals owned by the homeless population in New Orleans so they could stay in hotels temporarily to keep themselves safe. After we recognized the financial impact that COVID-19 would have on pet parents, we expanded our food pantry exponentially and have fed over 6,000 animals in 2020, and thanks to a generous funder, we were able to offer free spay and neuter surgeries to many in need.
Hurricane season in 2020 wasn’t easy either. We were left in the cone of uncertainty 9 times and transported hundreds of animals to partner shelters and out of harm’s way. We assisted in transporting animals out of the Lake Charles area before and after Hurricane Laura. When our neighbors from Lake Charles needed a place to stay, the city of New Orleans stepped up to help. We provided food and supplies for the evacuees housed at hotels. We hosted vaccine and microchip clinics to ensure the health and safety of people’s pets. We even opened our doors to give some animals from Lake Charles a safe place to stay and the care they needed while their families got back on their feet.
Through everything, homeless animals are still finding their forever homes and struggling pet families are able to access the help they need through our expanded pet food pantry and our Community Clinic. Now more than ever, your gifts are making a difference for our animals.
Today is #GivingTuesday, a day to give back. We hope that you will support the work we do to find forever homes and keep families together during the holiday season.