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March 13, 2010

Free Rabies Vaccine Clinic to Promote Spay/Neuter Efforts in New Orleans

The HSUS, New Orleans Dream Center host free clinic for pets

NEW ORLEANS — The Humane Society of the United States and the New Orleans Dream Center are providing free rabies vaccines for cats and dogs on Saturday, March 13. This event is part of the Health REACH program supported by the Church of the King, and also promotes the Louisiana SPCA's low-cost spay/neuter clinic that will open in April. Volunteers from the LA/SPCA and HSUS will be on hand to talk to pet owners on the importance of spaying and neutering.

More than 92,000 homeless pets are put down every year in Louisiana animal shelters. Currently the LA/SPCA provides some discounted spay/neuter services via a mobile unit Monday – Thursday at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd, but their new facility opening in April will allow them to provide a higher volume of low cost services. The HSUS has donated $100,000 to help advertise and promote the clinic.

"We are very excited to support the LA/SPCA in its mission to deliver affordable spay neuter services to the community," said Amanda Arrington, manager of The HSUS' spay/neuter initiatives. "They join other clinics across Mississippi and Louisiana as part of our Gulf Coast Spay Neuter Campaign, creating much needed services in a region in desperate need of reducing shelter intake and euthanasia numbers."

The New Orleans Dream Center hosts Health REACH on the second Saturday of each month, offering much needed free medical and dental services to the community. Dr. John Mauterer, a veterinarian and member of Church of the King, offers free services to the community's pets during the event.

"The New Orleans Dream Center provides a brilliant example of what churches can do to help animals," said Christine Gutleben, director of Faith Outreach for The Humane Society of the United States. "By incorporating veterinary services into their Health REACH program, the church is providing a critical service for people and animals in the community."

The HSUS programs to improve animal welfare in the Gulf Coast region include the funding of a new animal shelter in St. Bernard Parish and programs at Dixon Correctional Institute and Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. The HSUS is working to strengthen animal shelters, grow low-cost sterilization services, and increase spay/neuter rates, and has launched a multi-million dollar advertising campaign to drive awareness of low-cost spay/neuter services.

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