When Amanda Vincent was first asked to "put on a dog prom," she felt it was too crazy a concept to turn down.
Target Zero Institute, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based organization that aims to drive down euthanasia at animal shelters, has selected the Baton Rouge shelter for a three-year grant initiative. "Over a three-year period, each selected fellow city, like Baton Rouge, receives extensive training and direct technical assistance in program design and implementation, fundraising and revenue generation, effective partnership-building, board development, government affairs and fiscal management," says Christel Slaughter, board chair of Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge, a nonprofit group that runs the local shelter and is dedicated to transforming it into a no-kill facility. “The consulting and technical assistance provided to a Target Zero fellow city is estimated to be worth about $400,000.” Baton Rouge is just the third U.S. city to be selected for the Target Zero initiative, Mayor Kip Holden said at a news conference this morning. Target Zero will first conduct a...
With Halloween coming up, Baton Rouge has already started celebrating with pumpkin patches, mazes, parties and more. Here's a rundown of events happening this week and onward as you get in the mood for a good scare, plus a playlist of Halloween party-ready tunes!
Staff with the Baton Rouge Zoo are continuing to search this afternoon for a male bald eagle that escaped from a mesh enclosure on the morning before Independence Day. "We've been taking lots of calls from people who have had various sightings, but most of [the sightings] have been other birds of prey; hawks or vultures in the distance," says Kaki Heiligenthal, director of marketing for the BREC zoo. "So we haven't had any real strong leads yet, but we still have people out there looking and we're still encouraging people to call in." The eagle—which was one of two at the zoo—is about six years old, but only arrived at the zoo about a year ago after sustaining an injury in the wild. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had determined the zoo should be its permanent home. The eagle was thought to have been unable to fly or to have very limited flight capabilities. Heiligenthal calls the escape "unprecedented," noting that the last time an animal escaped at the Baton Rouge...
The East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control Center has long been controversial, facing accusations of mismanagement and unnecessary kills. Companion Animal Alliance, a nonprofit now in its second year operating the shelter, hopes moving the shelter to LSU near the School of Veterinary Medicine will likewise bring it closer to the group's goal of "target zero": that no adoptable animals are euthanized. Christel Slaughter, who chairs CAA's board, says the current location on Progress Road near the airport is hard to find for many people. It's too small, which means it's hard to effectively quarantine sick animals. It doesn't have good facilities for spaying and neutering, which means animals sometimes aren't ready for immediate adoption. The shelter largely relies on volunteers today, she says, but building a new shelter on campus next door to the vet school would facilitate veterinary students working with the animals. A partnership with LSU also could give CAA additional credibility...
On Monday, Friends of the Animals (FOTA) opened its Adoption House at 8476 Highland Road—across from Sammy's Grill). The first of its kind in Baton Rouge, the House offers a showplace for 40 rescued dogs and puppies to meet the public each day.
East Baton Rouge Parish's animal shelter might be moved from Progress Road near the airport to LSU as part of an agreement with the School of Veterinary Medicine. Officials plan Friday to ask the LSU Board of Supervisors to approve a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Companion Animal Alliance, the nonprofit that runs the shelter. If CAA and LSU ultimately decide to go forward, the new shelter would be built across Skip Bertman Drive from the vet school. The MOU is a "placeholder" to hold on to the land and set the stage for further discussions, says Associate Dean David Senior. There is not yet a cost estimate for the project, he says, adding that given the normal pace of construction projects on campus, at least two years likely would pass after signing a final agreement before opening the doors of a new shelter. Access to the shelter would give vet students a chance to see more "primary care patients" and further LSU's goal of adding more programs focused on animal...
As the home of one of the country's 28 veterinary schools, local large and small animal owners benefit from the state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment facilities year round.
If your children are ready to go wild this summer, BREC offers a variety of camps that allow kids to experience animal encounters and appreciate nature.
The Metro Council had delayed a vote on a proposal to ban pet owners from chaining their dogs for more than an hour. After taking testimony on the proposal Wednesday, the council raised concerns that the ordinance would not be enforceable, and asked for 30 days to gather more information. If adopted, Baton Rouge would join a growing list of communities that restrict dog chaining. Violators could be fined a maximum of $500 and could face up to 180 days in jail. Councilman John Delgado, who co-authored the measure, says the issue is very important to him personally, as the owner of three rescue dogs. "If something is wrong, call it wrong and make it against the law," he says. "When I see that animals are being mistreated, if I have the ability to do even the smallest thing about it, I'm going to do it." Councilman Buddy Amoroso, also a co-author, previously commented...
If you love to spoil your dog, you won't want to miss this weekend's Fur Ball. The area's premier pet-friendly gala celebrates well-behaved canines for a good cause. While dogs enjoy a day at the Petz Plaza Spa, owners can enjoy a silent auction, live music from the Doc Holliday Band, food and drinks. Proceeds from the event benefit the Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge. Fur Ball kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at Crowne Plaza, 4728 Constitution Ave. Individual tickets are $125, $75 for those under age 35, and $75 per dog. Tickets can be purchased here, and for more information visit furball.org. Get the lowdown on more local happenings on tap this weekend in the new 225 Weekender e-newsletter here.
On May 4, Companion Animal Alliance (CAA) presents its second annual Furball from 6:30 p.m.-10: 30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. "It's the most unique event you can attend," says event coordinator Dennise Reno. "Where you can party with your pooch in Baton Rouge."
Baton Rouge could soon join a growing list of communities that ban dog owners from chaining their pets. An ordinance up for a vote at next week's Metro Council meeting would ban dog chaining for more than an hour. Under the ordinance, violators could be fined a maximum of $500 and could face up to 180 days in jail. Councilman Buddy Amoroso says he co-authored the measure as a public safety effort and to combat dog fighting. He says chaining is used by dog fighters as a way to keep the animals "in a constant state of aggression." Chained or tethered dogs also can pose a public safety hazard once they're freed, he says. The Humane Society has worked to promote prohibitions on dog chaining, claiming that chaining dogs is inhumane and dangerous to humans. As part of an anti-chaining campaign, the Humane Society outlines the dangers, saying: "A chained dog, unable to take flight, often feels forced to fight, attacking any unfamiliar animal or person who unwittingly wanders into his or her...
When Amanda Purdin Standish began riding horses as an 8-year-old, her parents, Suzanne Turner and Scott Purdin, tried to talk her out of it.
Like a lot of young girls, Lindsey Weinstein became enamored with horses while still a toddler. She celebrated her second and third birthdays with pony parties at Kleinpeter Farms, and by the time she could read she had her sights set on a pony of her own.
Join the nonprofit Companion Animal Alliance at 6:30 p.m. May 4 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel for what is sure to be a howlin' good time. The second annual Fur Ball, a pet-friendly black-tie gala, includes a Petz Plaza Spa, silent auction, cocktail buffet, and entertainment by Doc Holliday swing orchestra. Purchase tickets here.
With proceeds benefiting the Companion Animal Alliance, the second annual Fur Ball will be held on Saturday, May 4, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge, 4728 Constitution Ave. Tickets for people and dogs range from $75 to $125, and there are also options to purchase couples tickets and tables of 12 (10 people, 2 dogs). This year's Fur Ball will feature a gala with cocktails, red carpet photos, live and silent auction, and entertainment by the Doc Holliday Band. You can get all the details and purchase tickets online here. Dogs can be checked into the Petz Plaza spa at the event or be kept on a leash or in a carrier for the festivities. The Fur Ball will feature both a live and silent auction.
Companion Animal Alliance (CAA) recently received a $3,000 grant from the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to help purchase feed and hay for the horses in its care.
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It's good to be a cow—especially if your caretakers are the folks at Kleinpeter Farms Dairy. Just like members of the family, each animal in the herd at the company's 1,500-acre farm in Montpelier is known by a personal name, not just a number on an ear tag.
Do you love kittens?
Stacie Roberson didn't set out to rescue a dog last August. She actually volunteered to photograph cats at the East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Shelter for Petfinder's adoption website.
Magic Happens Rabbit Rescue (MHRR) recently launched a revolutionary Facebook campaign to educate the public about responsible rabbit ownership. The first (pictured) in its series of posters has received more than 1,600 shares.
This Sunday afternoon, Feliciana Animal Welfare Society (FAWS) launches its first annual Running of the Dogs at BREC's Zachary Community Park. The event is part of the Zfest, otherwise known as Zachary Art & Music Festival.
If critics doubt the abundant inspiration animals offer artists, they need only take an art survey of South Louisiana's fine galleries.