November 5, 2008
News Release: For immediate use
Contacts: Jeff Dorson, Director, Humane Society of Louisiana [masked]),
and Manuel Garza [masked])
Mangham, Louisiana - The Humane Society of Louisiana, a statewide animal protection and advocacy organization based in New Orleans, will be establishing a satellite chapter in Richland Parish that will serve both Richland and Franklin Parishes. The chapter, which will be organized and run by local residents, hopes to address many of the issues involving pet overpopulation in their area. "Lacking both a formal animal control department and a low-cost spay/neuter clinic, both Richland and Franklin Parishes are overrun with stray, homeless, and abandoned cats and dogs," said Jeff Dorson, Executive Director for the Humane Society of Louisiana. "But we are delighted that residents have reached out to us to form their own group in order to solve some of these difficult problems," added Dorson.
The new chapter, which will work in concert with their colleagues in New Orleans, hopes to raise funds to establish a low-cost sterilization program, which, once implemented, will aim to reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs over time. Once established, the group also plans to operate a modest holding and adoption center that will house up to a dozen animals.
The next organizational meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 18th, from 5: 30- 7:00 pm at the Mangham Town Hall, located at 602 Broadway, Hwy. 15, Mangham. The meeting is free and open to the public. Jeff Dorson, Founder and Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana, will be the guest speaker and will answer questions from the audience.
The Humane Society of Louisiana is observing its 20th anniversary this year. The group is a licensed private investigation agency that specializes in solving crimes involving animals. The group has also created a long-term care facility for victims of Hurricane Katrina, which it operates in Tylertown, Mississippi and helps communities address their pet overpopulation issues. The group also established a statewide pet overpopulation sterilization fund with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and together they promote the sale of "Animal Friendly" license plates. The $25.00 surcharge collected from the sale of each plate will be used to subsidize the cost of pet sterilizations. For more information, please visit the humane society's website at www.humanela.org