animals en 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 Audubon Zoo Welcomes Bonnie The Rhino <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bonnie the rhinoceros, a 15-year-old Southern White Rhino weighing more than two tons, is the latest&nbsp;new arrival at the Audubon Zoo.</span></p><p>Bonnie, who was born and raised at the Lion Country Safari in Florida, joins the one male and two female rhinos already living at the Zoo. Bonnie arrived in late April and has been acclimating herself to her new surroundings.</p><p>“The hope is she will breed with our male Saba and produce much needed new blood into the captive rhino population,” says Bill Smith, Audubon Zoo's Curator of&nbsp;Hoofstock.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:59:28 +0000 Jason Saul 62641 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 Animal Life: To Leash Or Not To Leash? <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's festival season here in Louisiana. That means tons of pet-friendly outdoor activities, which raises the question: to leash or not to leash?</span></p><p>Most parishes require that dogs be on a secure leash. There are some exceptions to this law for places designated as off-leash areas,&nbsp;like NOLA Bark in City Park.</p><p>Dog owners know that even the most obedient canine companions have their moments. Keeping your dog on a leash while out and about is the best way to protect him from traffic, crowds and other animals.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ana Zorrilla 60166 at