Spay Baton Rouge receives $2,000 grant

Spay Baton Rouge, a local nonprofit dedicated to reducing the euthanasia rate of companion animals in East Baton Rouge Parish, has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation.

The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation donates $1 to domestic pet programs including local animal shelters, stray pet rescue and rehabilitation organizations, and pet education programs around the country with the sale of each full-sized Bearemy’s Kennel Pals plush dogs. These fund are available to qualified nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada. Visit for more information.

Since 2006, Spay Baton Rouge and its partners have spayed and neutered 10,866 cats and dogs by offering low-cost spay and neuter services to people otherwise unable to afford the procedure for their pets.

“Pet homelessness is a serious problem in our community,” said Sandra DiTusa, executive director of Spay Baton Rouge. “Nearly 60 percent of all animals impounded yearly in East Baton Rouge Parish are euthanized. If we continue to euthanize as a method of controlling the pet population, we will continually be playing catch up with animals that produce an average of 10 offspring per year.”

For more information about Spay Baton Rouge, visit

LSU Retirees hears horticulturist Gill

LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill spoke to the LSU Faculty and Staff Retirees Club on Jan. 14. Gill urged retirees not to sit out the winter months but take advantage of the lull by weeding the yard and garden.

Giving reports at the business meeting were President Shirley Mundt, Vice President and Program Chair Terril Faul, Treasurer Eddie Bosworth, Secretary Lorry Trotter, Special Projects Chair Mary McGehee and Social Committee Chair Kathy Bosworth. Providing refreshments were Jeanette McMurry, Pat Carter, Martha Burch and Betsy Juneau.

‘Reflections’ meeting focuses on camellias

Will Mangham spoke about grafting and showing camellias and about the Vi and Hank Stone Memorial Camellia Collection at the Burden Center to the Burden Horticulture Society “Reflections in the Garden” program on Jan. 7. Mangham has worked with Rural Life Museum and has years of experience growing, collecting and showing camellias.

“Reflections in the Garden” is a monthly lunch-and-learn program about horticulture and gardening sponsored by the BHS. Wanda Chase of Imahara‘s Landscape will give a “spring checklist” at the next “Reflections in the Garden” from noon-1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the LSU AgCenter Burden Conference Center, 4560 Essen Lane.

The Burden Horticulture Society is a nonprofit organization supporting LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center. More information about BHS can be found at

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