I found the mailing envelope from Louisiana SPCA which has the “hurricane-safe” address for donating:
Ana Zorilla, Chief Executive Officer
P.O. Box 96495
Washington, DC 20090-6495
By the way, the Lousiana SPCA has been give a “4-Star – Exceptional” rating by Charity Navigator, the largest evaluator of charities. Over 93% of the SPCA’s funds go directly to programs and services!
As Hurricane Gustav bears down on the Gulf Coast, I’m hoping visitors to this blog will offer support for the dedicated people who are trying to save pets as well as people. As I write this post, the first rain has begun falling in New Orleans.
I’ve been donating to the Louisiana SPCA since Katrina and for quite a while, their temporary facility operated without running water. Up until the new shelter opened, people there were literally bringing in water with pails. I can’t imagine the dedication and hard work of these folks. Read this beautiful piece entitled “I Cried at Work Today” for a poignant look at what it means to work at any animal shelter.
And now, another hurricane is hitting them. Every effort has been made to prepare for this, including the evacuation of their shelter animals as well as companion animals. According to their site, all of the SPCA animals are safe at this time.
PREPARING FOR HURRICANE GUSTAV
Thank you for your well wishes and your prayers. Your support is greatly appreciated!!! We are hoping the loss suffered with Katrina is not repeated with Gustav, but it isn’t looking good. Our animals are safe. Staff is working feverishly assisting with the City evacuation. We will do what needs to be done – and then get out. Please note: As much as we would like to, we will not be able to respond to emails for awhile. Information will be added to our site as we are able.
Please visit their site to find out more about how you can help them weather this latest crisis. In the event their site goes down, here is information on how to donate:
mail donations to:
1700 Mardi Gras Blvd.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70114
Or Call (504) 368-5191, ext. 202
Because of the uncertainty of hurricane season:
We are maintaining our PO Box. Please feel free to contact us at:
Louisiana SPCA, P.O. Box 127, Mandeville, Louisiana 70470
We have also set up a system that will provide us access to our mail while we are out of the city, should we have to evacuate during Hurricane season. Certain mail is being directed to a PO Box in Washington, D.C. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
As a private, 501c3, non-profit organization, we were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Having always relied on memberships and donations for support, now the need is much greater. Your contribution not only helps care for the many strays on the streets of New Orleans and the hundreds of lost, neglected and abused animals housed in our shelter daily, it also benefits the programs and services we offer the Greater New Orleans area and beyond. We have come a long way since that fateful day in August 2005. We have a long way still to go.
Information on the situation in Louisiana and Southern Mississippi can be found at Petfinders. Shelters are posting updates and evacuation news. Areas in Texas are also preparing; I’ve read stories about how temporary shelters have been constructed for animals.
My 3 guys–Toro, TIco, and Slicker– urge you to help out their buddies on the Gulf Coast. If you’d like to see a picture of “my 3 sons,” check them out here.