Elizabeth Abdalla and Melissa Maeker, board members of Wild Cat Foundation, SpayNation, and Krewe des Chien, are here to discuss their mission to reduce dog and cat overpopulation in Acadiana through the operations of these 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Both women are passionate spokespersons about their involvement in treating our companion pet population, as well as the feral cat population, humanely and offering high-quality care to these vulnerable, innocent animals.
Wild Cat Foundation was created to support no-kill solutions to the stray cat overpopulation in Lafayette and the surrounding area. It is celebrating its 20th year of operation in 2023. Since 2010, Wild Cat has supported the operations of SpayNation which offers high-quality, lost-cost spay/neuter surgeries to the public and rescue organizations, and incredibly, over 70,000 animals have been neutered since the organization’s inception. While Wild Cat Foundation is not a rescue organization, they do have adoptable pets at all times. Visit https://wildcatfoundationla.org/ for more information.
In 2018, Wild Cat took over operations of Acadiana’s favorite dog and family parade, Krewe des Chien. All proceeds are dedicated to supporting local animal shelters’ funding for food and care of the rescues.
Acadiana’s favorite family & dog-friendly parade is back again this year with proceeds benefitting local rescue groups! Established in 1998, Krewe des Chien is a non-profit organization and has been fundraising and distributing funds to the many animal assistance organizations in the Acadiana area in need of financial support. Since the first parade for dogs, Krewe des Chien has raised more than $400,000 in support of its MISSION… to reduce the number of unwanted animals through public education about the benefits of spaying and neutering and to involve the community in an effort to achieve this mission.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023, 12 p.m. Registration 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sponsorships & Royal Court Positions are available. Visit the website for PAST opportunities and general information – www.krewedeschiens.org. The website will be updated soon with 2023 information.
$25.00 fee to participate and join the Krewe – Includes two adult humans (children can walk with their parents for free) and one dog to walk in the 2023 parade. payable by cash or check on the day of the parade. Once the website is updated you may also register for the Krewe and pay via credit card online.
Membership is open to all pet lovers! Parade rules:
- No throwing edible treats
- No retractable leashes
- DOGS ONLY – No cats, cows, bunnies, goats, etc… please
- participants must sign the Liability Waiver “Participant Agreement Release”
- Individuals/groups must have a dog(s) to walk in the parade
In case of cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances or weather, your participation fee will be considered a donation by the Krewe des Chien to be distributed to local rescue organizations that are registered to participate in the parade.
Many people abandon their cats when they move or are unable to care for their pets. Then, these cat’s offspring are born feral. TNR (Trap, Neuter, and Return) has been proven to be the only humane method to reduce the population of unwanted felines who have never experienced contact with humans. While we may think of them as ‘homeless,’ in fact they exist in colonies and are self-sufficient. There can be anywhere between 10 and 200 cats living in a colony. Wild Cat Foundation trains and advises colony caregivers on how to humanely trap feral cats which are then transported to feral-friendly veterinarians for vetting, then returned to their colonies. It can be difficult to trap feral cats, so please reach out to Wild Cat/SpayNation for assistance.
Some feral cats will never be suitable for adoption but have much to offer our community. A few lucky cats that came into SpayNation’s community cat program are shown above. These fortunate community cats have caregivers that went the extra mile to make sure they were trapped, vaccinated, neutered and returned to their outdoor homes. Some of these community cats live in backyards while others live on the property of local businesses. During the month of November 2022, SpayNation spayed/neutered 272 community cats.
Executive Director Paula Stude of SpayNation is credited for outstanding leadership of the organization’s outreach. Elizabeth and Melissa both spoke of her successful management of paid staff as well as crew of volunteers who make it all happen. One recent success was the receipt of a grant to pay for pet oxygen recovery masks needed when our fire department is saving dogs and pets trapped in a fire. Petco and PetSmart have been tremendous resources of grants for our region.
For more information, please visit https://spaynation.net/