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The LA/SPCA - Dirty Coast

It started with a horse.

The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA/SPCA) was originally founded in 1888 to care for the horses that pulled carriages around the French Quarter. Shortly thereafter, the LA/SPCA was tasked with caring for the homeless, "companion animal" population. 

The LA/SPCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to its mission of protecting and advancing the wellbeing of Louisiana’s companion animals. As the oldest and most comprehensive animal welfare organization in the state, the LA/SPCA provides care for over 43,000 homeless companion animals annually. For more than 128 years,the organization has been committed to serving the needs of people and animals in the community, and across the region, as a 4-Star Charity Navigator rated animal welfare non-profit ranking in the top 1% nationally. 

With last year's expansion, we are now able to progress the humane mission and set a new benchmark for animal welfare facilities, not only in our region, but across the country. In the last year alone, we were able to spay and neuter 8,793 animals in our community, helping curb the companion animal overpopulation. The LA/SPCA also provided 6,029 high-quality, low-cost wellness visits to its animal clinic, logged 70,000+ volunteer hours, investigated 7,092 Humane Law Enforcement cases and adopted 3,126+ homeless animals. The LA/SPCA benefits animals like Scout, a schnauzer with health and behavior issues, who was owner relinquished by her owner.  After spending time with us, Scour was fostered by a partner rescue group, where she was eventually adopted and was thereafter able to take advantage of LA/SPCA training programs, ensuring she’ll be happy and healthy in her new Forever Home. Scout's story is just one of 43,000 that comes to the LA/SPCA annually, it is animals like her that benefit from the generosity of donors, enabling programs that ensure they will always have an advocate on their side. 

By reaching an initial goal of $1,000, the LA/SPCA could microchip nearly 70 animals, ensuring they are be able to return safely to their owner.

By accomplishing a goal of $2,000, the funds would cover health certificates for 80 up-for-adoption animals being transported to partner shelters. 

A final goal of $5,000 would spay and neuter 50 animals prior to their adoption, helping curb pet overpopulation in our area.

Moving forward, our future course is one of an upward trajectory, focused on improving the lives of animals and guiding our community to the path of a more humane, ethical standard. By implementing our strategic initiatives over the next few years, the LA/SPCA envisions a future with the following positive changes:

Ensuring the community has the knowledge, resources, and commitment to address the core needs of its animals and provide a safe environment in which people and animals can interact.

Ensuring all companion animals find and remain in trusted homes. The bond between people and animals is naturally rich, satisfying, and undoubtedly adds to the quality of life in the community.

Lastly, ensuring animal issues are addressed swiftly, effectively, and through a strong, collaborative relationship among animal welfare groups and within community organizations.

As we close a milestone, ten years after rebuilding, we hope to continue to progress on our trajectory of being a voice for those that cannot speak for themselves. 

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