NEWORLEANS-- The Louisiana SPCA is expanding its campus in Algiers and both staff and animals are ready to get back to full capacity since Hurricane Katrina.
The Louisiana SPCA is breaking ground on a new facility, adding about 40,000 square feet to the current facility on Mardi Gras Boulevard in Algiers.
'The current facility will continue to house thousands of homeless and stray animals, but the new building will provide expanded veterinary services, spay/neuter and wellness services, classroom space to expand canine education, and a new state of the art adoption center,' according Ana Zorilla, chief executive officer.
In addition, there will be support space with offices and plenty of space to store hurricane evacuation supplies.
Eight years later, the losses are being recouped and an expansion is underway to make the Louisiana SPCA even better than it was before Hurricane Katrina.
The expansion is being paid for partly by FEMA funds from the Japonica Street facility that was flooded and lost during Hurricane Katrina, as well as money from donors.
Zorrilla says there is still money needed for the expansion, so the Louisiana SPCA is reaching out to the community for help.
Zorrilla also adds that while it is extremely important to find animals their forever homes, 'the spay-neuter clinic is so key to our mission. It's about reducing over population, and having that human-animal bond.'
The new building construction should be complete in October of 2014.