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Louisiana SPCA celebrates grand opening of Adoption, Resource Center, and Clinic, August 21-23

Written by  Louisiana SPCA
Almost exactly 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LASPCA) will host the grand opening of the new 40,000 square foot Adoption, Resource Center and Clinic, the second phase of the Dorothy Dorsett Brown Campus in Algiers, August 21-23 from 11:00am-2:00pm.
 
During the grand opening festivities visitors will be able to enjoy: tours of the new facility, a sneak peek inside the 38 ft. transport trailer and Humane Law Enforcement vehicles, obedience and training demonstrations, children’s activities, giveaways, adoptions, meet-and-greet with New Orleans City Council members, and so much more!
Double the size of the Animal Rescue and Care Center (Phase I), the Adoption, Resource Center and Clinic (Phase II) restores the facilities and capacity lost in Katrina and provides increased capacity which includes a permanent public veterinary clinic (the only high-volume spay/neuter clinic in the region), education spaces and administrative offices. In addition, the expansion furthers the humane mission of the Louisiana SPCA and sets a new benchmark for animal welfare facilities. The expansion implements designs and services that are nationally recognized as 'best practices' and allows the organization to increase services by 40 to 50 percent and increase adoptions by a projected 30 percent.
 
The 40,000 square foot Adoption, Resource Center and Clinic will house adoptions, the Community Clinic, humane education, training and obedience and administrative support. An average of 50 animals will be available for adoption each day. The 21,600 square foot Animal Rescue and Care Center will house lost and found, animal control services, animal intake and holding. Holding space will allow for about 300 animals to be cared for at any given time.
 
“Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana SPCA is celebrating our community’s resilience with the opening of a new facility. The expansion of our campus provides new adoption rooms, classrooms, and a veterinary clinic. It’s a reflection of Greater New Orleans’ commitment to the lives of animals and the enduring human-animal bond which played such an important role in the recovery process,” says Louisiana SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla. “To be a part of the tapestry of our community’s resilience and growth 10 years later is something we hope our supporters are proud of.”
 
When the Louisiana SPCA’s former shelter on Japonica Street in the Upper Ninth Ward was destroyed during Katrina the organization planned for a new facility in Algiers, consisting of two buildings. The first of the two buildings, the Animal Care and Rescue Center, was quickly constructed and opened in May 2007. The construction of the second building, however, was put on hold due to reimbursements from FEMA being delayed. Besides FEMA, funding for the $16.8 million expansion came from private donations from national agencies, foundations and individual donors.
 
Like so many others, the Louisiana SPCA experienced a devastating loss during Katrina but possessed a dogged determination to rebuild. The groundbreaking of the new facility in Algiers in 2006 signaled not only a rebirth but a desire to move beyond the tragedy in order to re-establish the most comprehensive animal care services in the state. “In the past 10 years we’ve come so far but there’s still much work to be done,” says Louisiana SPCA board of directors President, Jackie Shreves.
 
The Louisiana SPCA would like to thank the ASPCA, The Humane Society of the United States, PetSmart Charities, the Frank B. Stewart, Jr. Foundation and the hundreds of private donors for their generous support for making the Adoption, Resource Center and Clinic possible.
 
The Grand Opening is sponsored in part by Biz New Orleans, St. Charles Avenue Magazine, The New Orleans Advocate, Where Y’at Magazine, B97, Magic 101.9, WWL Radio and IntheNOLA.com. For more information about the grand opening of the Adoption, Resource Center and Clinic visit www.la-spca.org/grandopening or call 504.368.5191. We hope to see you there!


 
About the Louisiana SPCA
The Louisiana SPCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the elimination of animal suffering. As the oldest and most comprehensive animal welfare organization in the state, the Louisiana SPCA provides care for more than 33,000 homeless and companion animals annually. For more than 125 years, the Louisiana SPCA has been committed to serving the needs of the people and animals in the community and across the region as a 4-Star Charity Navigator rated nonprofit ranking in the top 1 percent nationally.

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