Oftentimes, moving into a new home brings a desire to add a new pet to the family. Shelters and rescues offer a large variety of pets in all ages, shapes, breeds, sizes and colors. As there is no shortage of animals needing forever homes, the Louisiana SPCA has launched a new program to help match pets with new homeowners and renters of pet-friendly apartments in the New Orleans area.
The Louisiana SPCA is now offering a 25 percent discount off its regular adoption fees for new homeowners and new pet-friendly apartment residents.
Special coupons, designed to facilitate this process, are available through pet-friendly apartments in the area and also the N.O. Metropolitan Association of Realtors.
“One of the requirements to adopt an animal from the Louisiana SPCA is home ownership or landlord approval, so offering a special discount to new home owners or pet-friendly apartment residents is a natural fit. Bringing a pet into your new home just makes everything feel complete,” said Ana Zorrilla, Louisiana SPCA CEO.
When considering a new four-legged member of the family, keep in mind the restrictions placed by homeowners insurance companies and landlords. One of the most common reasons pets are surrendered to shelters is because a family’s new living arrangements do not allow pets or have specific weight or breed restrictions. Adopting a pet is a commitment of 10 years or more, so make sure pets are welcome.
Pet-friendly apartment complexes or real estate agents who would like to distribute the Louisiana SPCA discount coupons can contact Lori Haeuser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY ART DISPLAY: Collars symbolizing donations of $10 to the Louisiana SPCA will be used to create a community art display at the SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans, to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The collars will remain on display until the grand opening of the SPCA adoption and resource center and clinic Aug. 21-23, when they will be donated to pets in need. The money raised will be used for microchipping. To donate online, visit www.la-spca.org/collar.
ANIMAL RESCUE THRIFT: Animal Rescue New Orleans will be the beneficiary of sales at Charlotte’s Hope: Animal Rescue Thrift & Gift, which is set to open in September at 8299 Jefferson Highway, Harahan. The store will be accepting donations (no appliances please) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in August. The store will open in September. For information, email email@example.com or visit facebook.com/animalrescuethriftandgift.
ADOPTION EVENT: Animal Rescue New Orleans will hold an adoption event from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Petco, 3520 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADOPTION EVENT: The Louisiana SPCA will hold an adoption event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Petco, 1629 Westbank Expressway, Harvey. For information, call (504) 368-5191 or visit www.la-spca.org for more information.
LOST OR FOUND PETS: In Orleans Parish, you can send a photo, description of your pet, date lost/found and your contact information to email@example.com.
Traci D. Howerton is social media editor of Animal Rescue New Orleans, a nonprofit, volunteer-based, no-kill shelter. Contact ARNO at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.animalrescueneworleans.org or call its recorded information line at (504) 571-1900.