Sometimes you see a picture on social media of a dog you just have to adopt. Or you come across an adoption event at the mall and fall instantly in love with a kitten.
Recently we had a mini-horse named Darsha available for adoption at the Louisiana SPCA and I found myself wanting to adopt her. After a quick reality check I realized that it wasn't going to be a good fit.
A recent study ranked Louisiana as the #5 best state for dog owners. So what is it that makes our state a perfect place for man's best friend?
For starters, southeast Louisiana has more festivals in one month than most places have in a year. And a lot of them are dog friendly.
And when was the last time you went to a coffee shop or bar and didn't see a dog? Pet friendly businesses are everywhere. Not to mention the numerous dog parks and mild winters that allow us to enjoy them year-round.
When was the last time you saw a stray animal? Odds are it was within the last few days.
Southeast Louisiana is the perfect habitat for stray animals due to a combination of factors. Long summers make for long breeding seasons. Abandoned and raised houses make for great shelter. And the Mississippi River and Port of New Orleans make for a continuous food source.
So what can we do to reduce the number of stray animals in our region?
While Louisiana State University’s live tiger mascot, Mike VI, is a fan favorite, he doesn’t always pounce at the opportunity to make public appearances. According to LSU vets, it’s a decision that’s completely up to him because he’s never sedated nor forced to go into the stadium.
The adult male tiger arrived on LSU’s campus in 2007. Since then, he’s appeared in 32 of the 43 home games and welcomed by roaring fans.
What’s on your yearly checklist? The dentist? Taxes? What about taking your pet to the veterinarian?
That’s right: your pets need a medical check up every year.
An annual visit to the vet is the best way to ensure that your pet has a long, healthy life. Regular check ups also keep your pet up-to-date on important vaccinations like rabies and kennel cough.
Diseases that affect animals can be airborne or spread through contact with a parasite or virus that’s brought inside on your shoes. So the yearly checkup is important for both outdoor and indoor pets.
Here's a question we get all the time at the shelter: "If I microchip my pet, does that mean I can track him using GPS if he gets lost?"
That would be pretty handy, but unfortunately the answer is no. A microchip is not a form of GPS or tracking. It's more like an electronic ID tag. A microchip can range in cost from about $30-$100. It contains a series of numbers linked to the pet owner's contact information. It's the size of a grain of rice and only takes seconds to insert.
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.
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.
Raising awareness about native endangered species is the first step to ensuring their survival.