Actress and honorary PETA director Pamela Anderson traveled to New Orleans with a goal: help relocate homeless dogs. Since the oil spill in the Gulf Coast, countless workers (primarily in the fishing industry) have lost their jobs. Because of their financial difficulties, many families have been forced to surrender their beloved pets to shelters.
The Louisiana SPCA (LA/SPCA) has taken in so many pets lately that it started the Gulf Coast Companion Animal Relief Program to help provide temporary financial relief so pet parents could maintain their animals’ basic needs and keep their families together. i Love Dogs and Hotel Maya recently co-hosted an “L.A. for LA” fundraiser during our Mojitos & Mutts series in Long Beach, Calif., in an effort to help the program.
Now Anderson, a well-known animal rights activist, is also shedding light on the overabundance of homeless animals in Louisiana. Anderson helped walk about 50 dogs through New Orleans City Park on Monday, August 2, as part of a news conference drawing attention to the shelter overflow, reports Yahoo.
“We couldn’t find homes for all the dogs that were being surrendered before the spill,” Bridgette Verdin of the Humane Society of Louisiana said on Yahoo. Since the spill, she says, the problem has only gotten worse. The Humane Society of Louisiana is working with PETA and several other shelters in the New Orleans area in an effort to find the animals homes.
PETA is partnering with the Virginia Beach SPCA in an effort to relocate the 50-some dogs so that an emergency “adopt-a-thon” can take place. That is, all except two of the dogs. Anderson has reportedly adopted two Chihuahua mixes, which she intends to name after screen sirens Gina Lollabrigida and Brigitte Bardot. She is also footing the bill for the dogs’ adoption fees, flea treatments and spay/neuter procedures, reports USMagazine.com.
“There are far more dogs than homes everywhere, but the crisis in Louisiana is prompting people to open their hearts and doors to animals in trouble,” Anderson said in a statement.