Alley Cat Allies Partners with NOLA Clinics to Expand Cat Care
For nearly two decades now, Alley Cat Allies has upheld a long-standing commitment to improving the lives of cats in the Greater New Orleans area—sponsoring local spay/neuter clinics like the Neuter Scooter campaign, welcoming the city into our Every Kitty – Every City program, and even receiving the Goodwill Key to the City for our relief efforts following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
In keeping with this humane tradition, Alley Cat Allies recently awarded a grant of $20,000 to the Louisiana SPCA and the Southern Animal Foundation to offer fully subsidized neuter surgery for feral cats. While funds last, New Orleans area residents can bring feral cats to these facilities to be neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped—all the elements of a successful TNR program—completely free of charge.
As part of this beneficial new partnership, both clinics are offering free monthly Helping Community Cats workshops. These two-hour introductory sessions equip community members with the basics of Trap-Neuter-Return, feral cat colony care, and community relations. Attendees will learn from instructional videos such as “How to Trap an Entire Colony,” as well as helpful step-by-step demonstrations of common cat care procedures like using a humane box trap and deterring cats from areas where they are not wanted. The workshops also strengthen community organizing by providing the opportunity to connect with other local people who care for and about cats.
The Louisiana SPCA held the first workshop on March 13. Check out our Events Calendar at www.alleycat.org/Events to view a schedule of upcoming workshops in New Orleans and other cities around the country.
To get the word out about these exciting new spay/neuter resources in New Orleans, Alley Cat Allies launched a citywide “Spay Your Neighborhood Stray!” advertising campaign on March 15. For the next month, our ads will be featured in 16 bus shelters in target areas where feral cats live. The message to spay and neuter outdoor cats will be making the rounds around town as well, on ads inside and on the outside of city buses.
We are extremely excited to add to our long legacy of education, advocacy, and humane care in New Orleans with these new programs. If you live in the Greater New Orleans area, contact the clinics directly to reserve a spot in the upcoming workshops or to make a reservation for subsidized feral cat spay/neuter:
Next Workshop: April 23, 10 a.m. – 12 noon
1700 Mardi Gras Blvd.
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70114
For spay/neuter appointments, call 504-363-1333.
For more information, call 504-368-5191, ext. 141.
Next Workshop: March 31, 5 – 7 p.m.
Southern Animal Foundation
1823 Magazine St.
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130