SPCA offers $20.15 spay/neuter surgeries

The Louisiana SPCA Community Clinic is offering $20.15 spay/neuter surgeries from January to August for all pets residing in Orleans Parish. In addition, microchips will be available at a reduced fee of $10 in conjunction with a spay/neuter surgery or wellness visit, and T-N-R for feral cats will be reduced to $10.

In 2014, the Community Clinic completed more than 7,000 spay/neuter surgeries preventing more than 56,000 unwanted kittens and puppies from being born in the city.

As the region’s only high-volume spay/neuter clinic, the clinic provides affordable spay/neuter surgeries not only to the local community but also to other animal rescue groups and shelters around the state.

“Making the decision to spay or neuter your pet is an important one,” Louisiana SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla said. “By choosing to do so, you are providing health and behavior benefits for your pet while also helping to reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs that enter area animal shelters each year.”

To make an appointment to spay/neuter your pet at the SPCA Community Clinic, call (504) 363-1333. For information about other clinic services, visit www.la-spca.org/ communityclinic.

Community coalition to host MLK Day summit

On Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice, Stand with Dignity and the Community Evaluation Commission will convene a gathering of community, labor and faith organizations, together with employers and public officials, for #BlackJobsMatter: The People’s Summit on the Black Jobs Crisis, at Southern University at New Orleans.

The event will include a keynote address, expert panels and a career opportunity and resource fair.

“Black lives matter — in Ferguson (Missouri), in New Orleans, all across America,” said Roy Brumfield, a member of Stand with Dignity and co-chairman of the Community Evaluation Commission. “That means we can’t be murdered without consequences. It also means that we deserve better in our daily lives — the opportunity to build our lives, our careers and our communities.”

Black men in New Orleans face a 52 percent unemployment rate, along with a history of discrimination and economic exclusion that has fueled poverty and crime and helped make New Orleans the city with the second-worst income inequality in America, event organizers said.

The Community Evaluation Commission was formed to ensure that the $546 million Louis Armstrong International Airport expansion project creates as many black jobs as possible.

For information, contact Ashley Shelton at (225) 802-2435 or ashelton@uniteonevoice.org or Colette Tippy at (504) 881-6550 or ctippy@nowcrj.org.

Wildlife group seeks award nominations

The Louisiana Wildlife Federation is accepting nominations for the 51st Governor’s State Conservation Achievement Awards. The awards recognize people and organizations making outstanding contributions to the natural resources and environmental quality of their community, parish and state.

Nominations are accepted for conservation achievements in 2014 in eight categories: professional, volunteer, business, educator, youth, elected official, communications and organization.

The nomination deadline is Feb. 11. The awards will be presented March 28 in Baton Rouge.

“We encourage the public to identify and nominate an individual, organization or business demonstrating significant achievement in 2014 in their efforts to conserve fish and wildlife resources, to enhance opportunities for citizens to enjoy the outdoors, to improve the quality of the environment, and to educate and advocate on behalf of our natural resources in Louisiana,” said Rebecca Triche, executive director of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.

Details about the program can be found at the LWF website at www.lawildlifefed.org. Or you can call (225) 344-6707 or email lwf@lawildlifefed.org for more information.