Animal Life en Animal Life: Raising Awareness Of Endangered Species <p></p><p></p>Did you know that Louisiana is home to a variety of rare animals? There are about 1,300 endangered species in the United States. More than 30 of them are native to Louisiana. Animals such as the Red Wolf and the Loggerhead Sea Turtle thrive in Louisiana’s subtropical climate. <p> Unfortunately, some of these species are almost extinct. The Louisiana Black Bear and the Gulf Sturgeon, for example, are now struggling to survive because humans have disrupted their habitats. <p> Raising awareness about native endangered species is the first step to ensuring their survival. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:13:37 +0000 Ana Zorrilla 65023 at Animal Life: Putting A Stop To Animal Abuse <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Animal cruelty is tragic, and often goes unreported.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Recently, a LA/</span>SPCA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Humane Officer rescued a 10-month-old puppy named Wes, who was abandoned on the interstate. She was huddled against a guardrail on I-10 during rush hour traffic. Wes had a fractured pelvis; she needed at least eight weeks of rest and pain medicine while she healed.</span></p><p>Two months after being rescued, Wes is doing much better, and is available for adoption.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:47:23 +0000 Ana Zorrilla 64516 at Animal Life: Protecting Your Pet From Rabies <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rabies is a viral disease often transmitted through an animal bite. Most reported rabies cases occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks and foxes.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:07:06 +0000 Ana Zorrilla 63798 at Cat Trap Fever: LA/SPCA Program Seeks To Reduce Feral Cat Population <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">With its warm climate and raised houses, New Orleans is the perfect environment for feral cats. Europeans brought the first domestic cats to North America several centuries ago, and they've been an invasive species ever since. </span></p><p>In order to control the population, the Louisiana SPCA <a href="" target="_blank">offers a low cost service</a> to trap, neuter and return feral cats to their neighborhoods.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Kate Richardson 63775 at Animal Life: Finding Purebred Pets In Shelters <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">Most people assume that shelter animals are all mixed breeds — also known as mutts. But the fact is, purebred pets are actually pretty common in shelters. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ana Zorrilla 62829 at Animal Life: Dog Safety Tips <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">Summertime is here and that means that more people are out and about in public places like parks. Whether you’re an animal person or not, it’s important to know basic safety tips for interacting with dogs.</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ana Zorrilla 62397 at Animal Life: Keeping Neighborhood Cats Out Of Your Garden <p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9fb28ce7-6dd8-1b7d-dc44-94725d1a9cc5"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Love them or hate them, outdoor neighborhood cats are a simple fact of life in our region. </span></span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ana Zorrilla 62036 at Animal Life: Preparing Your Pet For Hurricane Season <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hurricane season is upon us. Does your evacuation plan include your pet?</span></p><p>Under no circumstances should you ever leave your pet behind. Pets are members of the family and should always be included in disaster preparations.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ana Zorrilla 61628 at Animal Life: Kitten Season Is In Full Swing <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Warm spring weather brings good things, like flowers; bad things, like termites; and cute things... like kittens!</span></p><p>Late spring is <a href="" target="_blank">kitten season</a>, which sounds adorable but can be truly problematic. Newborn kittens flood local shelters, which often lack the resources to care for them all.&nbsp;</p><p>Here's what you can do to help:</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ana Zorrilla 61171 at Animal Life: What To Do If You Lose Your Pet <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Losing a pet is scary. Do you know what to do if this happens?</span></p><p>As soon as you notice that your pet is missing, go to your local animal shelter <strong>in person</strong> to file a report. Be sure to bring a photo ID and a recent picture of your pet.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">After you do that, make flyers and post them around your neighborhood.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ana Zorrilla 60777 at