Around Southside: Animal activist honored for work _lowres

Photo provided by Holly Reynolds -- Baton Rouge animal welfare supporter Holly Reynolds, left, accepts an honor March 30 from Wayne Pacelle at the Human Society of the United States' Aminal Care Expo in New Orleans.

Looking for something to do with shoes you don’t wear anymore?

The folks at The Red Shoes are collecting gently used shoes for their Earth Day labyrinth at the Old Governor’s Mansion on Earth Day, which is Sunday.

Shoes collected will be donated to Cenikor foundation, a center for drug rehabilitation.

Bring your shoes to The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St., through Friday.

Earth Day activities set

Speaking of Earth Day, Baton Rouge celebrates Sunday downtown with an all-day celebration featuring music, educational activities and food.

For a complete schedule of activities, visit www.laearth

Walk supports MS causes

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will host its Walk MS & 5K: Baton Rouge 2015 at North Boulevard Town Square starting at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Hundreds of Baton Rouge residents will walk and run to raise funds and awareness for people living with the disease.

The walk features a fully accessible 1-mile and 5K route that includes complimentary food and entertainment before and after the event.

For additional information, visit

Animal activist honored

Longtime animal rights supporter Holly Reynolds recently was honored by the Humane Society of the United States during the group’s Animal Care Expo in New Orleans.

Reynolds, 96, said she was surprised when Humane Society President Wayne Pacelle called her with the invitation.

“He offered to send a car to get me,” she said.

But, not wanting to have the group spend money on her, she hitched a ride to the event with friends.

At a banquet on March 30, before a crowd of more than 2,000 people, Pacelle called Reynolds’ name and presented her with a plaque for her decades of service for animals.

Reynolds founded Capital Area Animal Welfare Society in 1979 and later started the Coalition of Louisiana Animal Advocates.

She’s spent most of her adult life “doing anything I could do for animals,” she said.

She fought against puppy mills and backyard breeders and led efforts to increase funding for the local animal control center. She’s also worked for the protection of chimpanzees, whales and the environment.