21 Aug Following Their Lead: The SPCA Celebrates $16.8 Million Expansion
We were honored to be a part of the joyful “unleashing” of the new wing of the Louisiana SPCA’s campus that occurred yesterday morning. The state-of-the-art adoption facility on Mardi Gras Boulevard in Algiers was opened with a raucous second-line as costumed critters, SPCA staff and board members, brass band musicians and marchers from groups such as the Muff-a-Lottas and the Sirens of New Orleans sashayed through the halls.
The expansion will fully replace the Japonica Street location that was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina, and address the LA/SPCA’s growth since 2005, not only restoring the facilities and capacity that were lost, but also adding a permanent veterinary clinic, education spaces, administrative offices and a new adoption wing. AOS worked closely with the Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and Mark Reynolds of Mark Design to supply furnishings that would accommodate the unique needs of the essential programs that the LA/SPCA provides to our community. The result is a lively and welcoming adoption wing with a series of private rooms for interacting with adoptable cats and dogs, much-needed support space for offices and storage for supplies used for hurricane evacuations and disaster response.
Yesterday’s event was for invited guests only, but all weekend long visitors are invited to enjoy tours of the facility, obedience and training demonstrations, children’s activities, tours of the 38 foot transport trailer and Humane Law Enforcement vehicles, adoptions, giveaways and a meet-and-greet with New Orleans City Council members.