Humane Society seeking more public support
The Humane Society of Louisiana, a statewide humane society based in New Orleans, is seeking donations to help replenish its Emergency Medical Fund. Recently, the Humane Society has been flooded with calls for assistance from financially-challenged pet owners seeking medical attention for their animals and having to provide emergency care for animals that were criminally neglected.
“It has always been a challenging balancing act, trying to provide sufficient care for the 200 animals we house at our no-kill sanctuary and the calls for assistance that pour in on a regular basis from around the state. However, since we do not receive any funds from any municipality, the state or the federal government to run our humane programs, we have to rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses throughout Louisiana. Recently, we have had a dramatic increase in the need for our services, which has drained our emergency medical fund. Just recently, for example, we have had to provide aid for a beagle who found abandoned and starving in the marshes in Plaquemines Parish; provide housing and feed for three horses who needed care in Avoyelles Parish; pay for the medical care for a neglected horse, who was near death when found in Evangeline Parish; partially pay for the amputation of a cat’s leg in Rapides Parish after she was mauled by neighborhood dogs; and pay for the recovery costs after a pit bull canine was hit by a car in Orleans Parish,” says Jeff Dorson, Executive Director of the Humane Society.
“Our group tries to help the hundreds and hundreds of people who contact us each year. We can’t help all of them, but we do help quite a lot. To help us to provide these life-saving services, we are “passing the hat” in communities and neighborhoods around the state, asking animal lovers to give what they can, to help us shore up our financial resources,” adds Dorson, who founded the group back in 1988 and remains its Executive Director.
The Humane Society of Louisiana, which is not affiliated with any national humane society, operates a no-kill sanctuary that is home to an assortment of horses, a blind cow, donkeys, ferrets and scores of cats and dogs, the majority of which were either orphaned, neglected or otherwise abused. The society also investigates hundreds of animal cruelty complaints and is a licensed private detective agency.
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