Angela Hill: The Fight For Animal Welfare is Strong & Loud
firstname.lastname@example.org - 10.2.13 I was an animal lover long before I came to New Orleans. My mother and I would pick up strays before I knew what the words spay and neuter meant. Actually, back then the words spay and neuter were probably whispered…like when your grandmother whispered “cancer.”
But just as the fight against cancer has raised the decibel of millions of voices who want a solution…the fight for animal welfare is strong and loud. Spay and neuter is the mantra to solve so many problems. You cut overpopulation…you cut the tragedy of abandonment and euthanasia. It may not solve the issues of animal neglect and cruelty, but to stop the endless unnecessary death is a major victory.
In 2005 before Hurricane Katrina, I did a story for WWL-TV about the rate of euthanasia in a five parish area…Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Charles and St Tammany. The shelters reported in the year 2004 collectively 32 thousand dogs and cats had been euthanized…32 thousand…in one year! The reason I did that story was because the numbers were actually down… and we were looking at why.
Since Katrina the story is very different. There is still overpopulation. There is still euthanasia, but much less….and that is a huge victory. A victory thanks to an army of people who day in and day out fight in the trenches…do the dirty work…and get the job done of making the lives of animals better in our community.
Click HERE to listen to my conversation today with Animal Rescue of New Orleans CEO Charlotte Bass, SPCA Executive Director Anna Zorilla, Spaymart President Lynn Chiche and Jefferson Feed General Manager Lynn Morvant about animal adoptions