Sue Rabeaux on February 11th, 2017

Acadiana Humane Society‘s pet food pantry is dangerously low on cat & kitten food, and cat litter. We are especially low on kitten food! We are in urgent need of donations to purchase pet food, or gift cards to Petco or other area stores that carry cat/kitten food. We can also accept donations of bags of any good quality dry kitten food and canned kitten food, as well as rabbit pellets. We prefer to use Purina Kitten Chow, or Purina Pro Plan Kitten formulas for our rescue kittens. We go through a lot more clumping litter than cat litter, but we do use both kinds. We will use whatever is donated! We currently have plenty of dog food thanks to donations after the Louisiana flood. What we need now is kitten food, cat food, cat litter, and rabbit pellets. Our rescue currently goes through over 350 pounds of cat/kitten food, 150 pounds of dog food, and 20 pounds of rabbit food per week! That’s over 520 pounds of pet food in just one week! This doesn’t even count the pet food we provide to low income families through Acadiana Humane Society’s Pet Food Bank. We provide, on average, over 500 pounds of dog & cat food per month to low income families so they don’t have to give up their pets. This means our rescue uses and shares with others over 1,000 pounds of pet food a week, which is over 4,000 pounds a month!

Donations can be sent using the Paypal button on our website. You can also mail checks, money orders, or gift cards to Acadiana Humane Society; P.O. Drawer C; Sunset, La. 70584-0536. Or, you can purchase and donate bags of pet food directly to us by bringing to one of our drop off locations. Bridge Storage on Ambassador Caffery in Lafayette has two donation boxes in their lobby for us all the time. Cat/Kitten food/litter items left in the donation bin at Petco South at 605 Settler’s Trace Blvd. go to Acadiana Humane Society. Please write AHS in permanent marker on bags of food or litter you leave at either Petco location so that the other rescues know it’s for us. You can also text, call, or email us to arrange for us to pick it up from you. Thank you.

If you would like a donation receipt, please take a photo of the items donated and either email us, or message us through our Facebook page, the photo along with your email address and we can email you a donation letter since we are a 501c3 animal rescue. Also, if you let us know which drop off location they are at, we I’ll pick up ASAP. Thanks so much!

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Sue Rabeaux on February 3rd, 2017

Acadiana Humane Society has had a lot of special needs rescue animals in the last couple of months. 

First Jasper the Bengal cat that we pulled from St John the Baptist Animal Control after he had been hit by a car and ended up in their facility. Jasper had a metal plate and 7 screws surgically implanted in his hip to enable him to walk again. Jasper’s surgery went well, and he is still under hospitalized veterinary care while he fully recovers.

Lee the 7 year old Bengal mix cat had a urinary problem and ended up needing to be hospitalized and put on a catheter and treated with antibiotics and pain medications. He improved, but once the catheter was removed, he was no longer able to urinate on his own. Lee needed PU surgery in order to be able to live. Lee received the needed surgery, and is currently hospitalized for recovery and is doing well. 

 

Emi is a beautiful Snowshoe with diabetes and allergies. She is currently being hospitalized for several conditions, a urinary tract infection, monitoring her blood sugar levels, treating her allergic skin condition, and watching her as they suspect she may now be blind.

 

Charlie is a handsome Flame Pt fluffy 2 year old cat that we pulled from St. Landry Animal Control. Charlie had severely swollen privates that had us and the veterinarian very concerned. After examination and ultrasound, it was discovered that he had no blockage or masses, so an emergency neuter was done. Charlie is fully recovered and almost ready for adoption.

When our volunteers first met Anders, this teenage orange tabby kitten was in St. Landry Animal Control with a dead and rotting tail. We have never seen anything like it before, his tail was stiff as a board, black, and oozing green pus. He went immediately to our veterinarian to have it amputated. He was neutered at the same time. Anders has fully recovered from his surgery, and is almost ready for adoption.

 

Lydia was also rescued from St. Landry Animal Control. She was very sick and had badly infected eyes and one eye was ulcerated. She’s been to our veterinarians several times now and has been on eye drops regularly. We thought we were going to have to remove one of her eyes due to the ulceration in her one blind eye. But Dr Suzy said the hole closed up so there was no need to remove it. Lydia is still recovering from her recent spay.

 

 

 

Finn, the small black kitten in the bottom of the cage in this picture, is one of three rescued by St Landry Animal Control after a house fire. Finn was unable to stand or walk when we first pulled them from the shelter. X-Rays revealed that he has spine and hip injuries. He is currently under medical treatment and pain management. He is able to stand and walk some while on pain management. He will be going back to the vet to determine if a referral to an orthopedic veterinary specialist is required or not for continued healing and recovery.

Han (formerly Hana – we now know he is a boy) was suffering from blocked bowels & required intervention and an enema by Dr. Dusty. Han & Hanzo both got to see Dr. Dusty as they also had an upper respiratory infection and eye infections. Their brother Genji & sister Lena were also sick, but not quite as bad. All four kittens fully recovered, & have recently been spayed/neutered & are almost ready for adoption. All 4 kittens & their Mama were originally pulled from St. Landry Animal Control.

Wash has been having issues with his balance, eating, drinking, standing, and even walking. His mobility gets so bad at times, that he doesn’t bother going to the food and water bowls. He has been to several veterinarians, and we recently got a diagnosis of CH, also known as Cerebellar Hypoplasia. His symptoms seem to be progressive, and he responds to steroids and fluids, so we are not certain if this is actually what he has or not.

 

Gideon is a very sweet and talkative orange tabby kitten that we pulled from St. Landry Animal Control. Gideon is a curious kitty, and he decided to try and figure out what the vet had done to him after his neuter. He ended up pulling out some of his insides, which required a quick run to the emergency vet clinic so they could do a little snip and put a cone on him so he would leave it alone to heal properly. He has fully recovered from his surgery, but is currently on antibiotics for an upper respiratory infection and eye infection.

Ariel is a very sweet and affectionate six month old Persian mix kitten with severe birth defects and a skin issue that we pulled from St. Landry Animal Control. She has been spayed, but we are still treating her skin issues before she will be available for adoption. She was born with only one good back leg. She will need a special, understanding home as she will require a bit more care. She can use the litter box just fine, as long as it is a large, low sided ferret or rabbit litter box, as she can only crawl and not walk.

Samara the beautiful and sweet Manx kitten was pulled from St. Landry Animal Control with a blood red eye from an eye injury. We immediately got her hospitalized at our veterinarian where they were able to treat her, and save her eye. She has since been spayed and fully vetted, and was adopted by one of the staff at our vet.


These are just a few of our worst recent special needs rescues. We have been keeping all three of the vet’s offices that we use quite busy. We use Pet Care Animal Hospital in Lafayette (337-988-1100), Lafayette Veterinary Care Center in Lafayette (337-984-7611), and also Azalea Lakes Veterinary Clinic in Baton Rouge (225-755-3838). We currently owe money to all three of these veterinary offices. We really could use some wonderful people to become sponsors of some of these cats and kittens, or donors to help with some of our other vet bills. Any donation, no matter how big or small, is greatly appreciated! We have a Paypal donation button on the side of our webpage. We have a YouCaring Fundraiser link below. You can also send a check made out to Acadiana Humane Society to our mailing address at P.O. Drawer C; Sunset, Louisiana 70584-0536. You can also call in a credit or debit card donation directly to one of our veterinarians if you prefer, just ask them to apply your donation to Acadiana Humane Society’s account. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sue Rabeaux on January 11th, 2017

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Sue Rabeaux on January 1st, 2017

On December 30, 2016 Acadiana Humane Society volunteers went back to St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue because we couldn’t get our minds off two badly injured/sick kitties that we had seen on the 28th when we were there to pull Ariel the kitten with the birth defect in three legs.

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When we were there Wednesday, we had seen a terrified adult cat with a badly injured tail. We went back on Friday to pull him, and we named him Anders. We had also seen a tiny silver tabby kitten with both eyes badly infected/injured. We pulled her too and named her Lydia. Both Anders and Lydia were immediately started on Clavamox since it was a holiday, and they will see our regular vet on Monday morning. We had a few extra crates with us, so we decided to see if we should pull anyone else. We ended up leaving SLPAC with 3 cats and 9 kittens.

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We also pulled a family of five kitties. These four tiny nursing kittens were born at animal control and managed to survive this long. We pulled all four babies and their mom. We named the mom Mercy. Volunteers named the kittens as follows: The Tortoiseshell is Lena. The smoke (right back corner) is Hana. The two black kittens are Genji and Hanzo. Mercy was getting depressed raising her babies in animal control. She is now much happier, as are her babies, in our no-kill shelter. She knows she is in a safer and better environment to raise her children. They all curl up together and purr loudly and make biscuits.

nora2While there, we fell in love with this adorably cute face. Our hearts confirmed that we need to pull this tiny baby girl when we heard her story. She came in as a bottle baby and shelter workers bottle fed them all. The others slowly got sick and they all died, all but this one. She never even got sick. She has a strong will to live. Black cats and kittens are always overlooked in shelters, so we had to pull her too. Volunteers named her Nora.

 

charlie2Animal control is not a good environment for cats or kittens. Adult cats are afraid because they can smell and sense what’s going on around them. The longer they stay, the more fearful they become. This handsome Flame Pt. was very depressed and terrified being in the shelter. He was so traumatized that he urinated all over one of our volunteers when she held him to put him in the crate. She didn’t react in any way to add to his fear, instead she held him securely and reassured him that we were getting him out of here and to a safe place. On December 28, 2016 Charlie was pulled from St Landry Parish Animal Control and is now housed in Acadiana Humane Society‘s no kill shelter temporarily while one of our volunteers works with him. He will eventually be transferred to Second Hand Siamese where he will be neutered, etc. and made available for adoption. For now he is getting plenty of food, fresh water, and patient TLC as he allows. He refused to eat the first 24 hours he was with us, but he is starting to come around and is now eating. He is less fearful, but still not very trusting of anyone but the volunteer that didn’t get upset when he peed on her.

reynpoe2finnThis litter of 3 kittens ended up at St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue after a house fire. They came from a house with 40+ chihuahuas. The kittens are a bit shy and reserved, especially the solid black one on the bottom of this cage. Black cats are often overlooked at in shelters, so on December 30, 2016 Acadiana Humane Society pulled the whole litter of three kittens. Volunteers named the tuxedos Rey and Poe, and the solid black one Finn. They are currently being worked with to help them become more trusting of humans. 

So between December 28th & 30th, Acadiana Humane Society pulled 15 cats & kittens from St Landry Parish Animal Control. Donations to help with their vet bills would be greatly appreciated! We have a Paypal button on our website, or you can also send in a check or money order made out to Acadiana Humane Society to our mailing address at P.O. Drawer C; Sunset, La 70584. Just note which of these cats or kittens you would prefer to sponsor when you send in your donation. If you don’t specify, then it will just go towards whichever rescue animal needs it the most.

cpac2malepigs2In addition to saving 3 cats and 9 kittens at St Landry Parish Animal Control on December 30th, our volunteers also drove to Lake Charles to Calcasieu Parish Animal Shelter where we pulled two male guinea pigs. 

 

 

 

jasperpostsurgeryIncluding Jasper the Bengal with the broken pelvis that we pulled from St. John the Baptist Animal Shelter in LaPlace, Louisiana last week (he is already recovering from his surgery); these recent rescues now put our no-kill animal rescue back at full capacity. We will need to raise enough funds to get them all examined by our veterinarians, treated for all injuries, illnesses, and parasites. As well as getting all cats & kittens tested, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and microchippped before they will be available for adoption. Your donations and sponsorship are critical for helping us to continue saving lives. Many thanks to those of you who made end of year donations to Acadiana Humane Society. We welcome any and all donations as we enter 2017 with a full shelter and foster homes full of rescued animals.

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Sue Rabeaux on December 28th, 2016

Three kittens are safe tonight! Acadiana Humane Society pulled 3 kittens and a chicken from St. Landry Parish Animal Control earlier today (Dec 28, 2016). Two of them are special needs kittens that normally would have been euthanized by most animal control facilities for their condition. We pulled a young kitten with one blood red injured eye, and a possibly cut off tail (her stump is raw and painful). We named her Samara, and she will see our vet tomorrow. We also pulled a 6 month old kitten with a birth defect that caused three of her legs to be deformed. In spite of her handicap she is litterbox trained and can get in and out of a ferret litter box because it has one really short side. Her two front feet curl in like flippers, and one back foot sticks out on the side. She will be seen by our vet to determine her medical needs before she is available for adoption. Donations are urgently needed to help with their vet bills, as well as to help finish paying for the pelvis surgery for Jasper the Bengal. His surgery went well today, and now he has a metal plate and 7 screws. He will need to be on cage rest to heal, but is expected to have a full recovery. We have a Paypal donation button on the side of this page, as well as a YouCaring Fundraiser link if you click here. You can also send in a check or money order made out to Acadiana Humane Society to our mailing address at P.O. Drawer C; Sunset, Louisiana 70584-0536. Special thanks to Second Hand Siamese Rescue for agreeing to take the Flame Pt. Siamese kitten if we pulled him after we saw him at SLPAC.  We didn’t plan on pulling more then the two special needs kittens and the chicken, so I only had three crates with me. He was so good though, and just sat on her lap in the car, and eventually climbed up to snuggle in her arms, hug her, and ta ta her face with his paws. So sweet!
If anyone can help with our fundraiser to help pay vet bills for Jasper, the two special needs kittens, and the other rescue animals of Acadiana Humane Society, please do! We can not do what we do to save the lives of helpless and homless animals in Acadiana withour your support! Please help us to continue to save one life at a time. Thank you!
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