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Annual Meet and Greet - Saturday, June 21st.

From: Jeff
Sent on: Friday, June 13, 2008 10:05 AM

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
You are cordially invited to attend an annual meeting of all the directors and/or representatives of the different humane societies, animal control departments, and rescue organizations for a three-hour long social and joint planning session.  The purpose of this meeting is to familiarize ourselves with all of the different agencies in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. Tammany, St.Bernard, and St. John Parishes and learn more about the different services and programs provided by each agency.  The other purposes of this meeting include:
  • developing new partnerships and resource-sharing opportunities among groups
  • crafting a 1-5 year plan for this region that will include increasing spay and neuter operations, adoptions, and ways to improve our code and law enforcement capabilities
If you can attend, please email me at the return address.  If you have one, you may also wish to send me a draft of your group's 5-year plan, so that we can distribute them out at this session and incorporate them into a larger, regional plan.
The welcoming committee for this meeting includes Ann Bell from Southern Animal Foundation, Michelle Ingram, owner of Zeus' Place,  and Lee Ann Matherne, Director of the Jefferson Animal Control Department.  Other groups and individuals that this invitation is being sent to includes:
St. Tammany Department of Animal Services
St. Tammany Humane Society
City of Slidell Animal Control Department
Animal Assistance League of Slidell
Friends of the Humane Society of Louisiana
Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society
Friends of Jefferson Parish
St. Tammany Feral Cat Consortium
St. Tammany Animal Rescue Team
St. John Animal Control
Used Dogs
St. Charles Humane Society
St. Charles Animal Control
Animal Rights for Life
St. Francis Animal Sanctuary
Pontchartrain Humane Society
Support Alliance for Stray Animals
St. Bernard Animal Control
Loouisiana Basset Rescue
Riverlands SPCA
German Shepherd Rescue
Dachshund Rescue
If you know of other rescue organizations that operate in these six parishes, please send me their contact information, so that I can formally invite them.
The Sheraton Hotel has graciously donated the use of one of their conference room for this meeting.  The Sheraton is located at 500 Canal St, in downtown New Orleans. 
When:  Saturday, June 21st, from 9:30 am to 12:30
Where:  Sheraton Hotel, 500 Canal St, Oak Alley Conference Room, 4th floor
A cruelty investigation workshop, sponsored by the Humane Society of Louisiana, Pet Aid, and the Denham Springs Animal Shelter will also be held on Saturday, June 28th, at the Denham Springs City Hall, located at 941 Government Street, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Representatives from the Louisiana State Police, Gaming Enforcement Division, will discuss dogfighting and cockfighting initiatives, along with representatives from the New Orleans Crime Lab, the New Orleans Sheriff's Department, and the New Orleans Police Department. Dr. Marci Miranov, who is now employed at the Jefferson Animal Control Department, will also discuss veterinary forensic techniques in dealing with animal cruelty cases.  
The workshop will cover investigative techniques, crime scene preparation, and report writing. Cost of the workshop is $15.00.  To register, please send checks or money orders to The Humane Society of Louisiana, P.O. Box[masked], New Orleans, La 70174.
With kindest regards,
Jeff Dorson
Humane Society of Louisiana

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