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Louisiana SPCA hosts 38th annual pop culture-themed ‘Howling Success,’ Nov. 11

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With its mission of “promoting, protecting, and advancing the well-being of Louisiana’s companion animals,” every year, the Louisiana SPCA sees more than forty thousand needy New Orleans animals come through its doors. Did you hear that?! Forty THOUSAND!
“In New Orleans, our pets are a part of our culture as much as anything else,” said the Louisiana SPCA. “And for more than 125 years, we have been an advocate for all our furry friends across the city. Howling Success is the area’s most unique fundraiser and our largest tribute to the more than 43,000 animals that come through our doors every year. The LA/SPCA is dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals and to the promotion of respect and humane care for animals through programs and services including: Animal Sheltering and Services, Adoption, Humane Education, Advocacy, and Cruelty Investigation. In 2015 alone, we provided 8,790+ spay/neuter surgeries; impacted thousands of children and adults through Humane Education programs; and provided 6,000+ affordable clinic services through the areas’ only high-volume spay/neuter Community Clinic.”
To continue to advocate for and provide support to our furry family members, the Louisiana SPCA will hold its 38th annual Howling Success Patron Party & Gala on Friday, November 11 at the Hyatt Regency’s Celestin Ballroom (601 Loyola Ave.) from 8:30pm-Midnight.
As a pet foster parent, Howling Success co-chair Colleen Timmons, Assistant Dean of Academic Services at Tulane University School of Law, knows how first hand important the Louisiana SPCA is to the New Orleans community. “I’ve been a pet foster parent in the past and I have three adopted fur-babies; I cannot imagine my life without them,” Colleen explained. “Animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy pets just waiting for someone to take them home. Organizations like the LA/SPCA need as much help as they can to find lost or abandoned pets a loving ‘fur-ever’ home. Their work has saved countless pets and will continue to do so as long as we’re there to support them!”
She added, “I have two very active dogs, Biscuit and Beignet, who I adopted from the LA/SPCA as puppies. The girls love to play! Their favorite activity is running around like mad in our new backyard. I also have Bono, who is my beautiful black cat who I ended up permanently adopting after fostering him for a time — of course! At 10 years old, Bono is my senior pet, but he’s full of personality. He even puts up with the playful pups whenever they try to take over the household. Bono is a real ‘cuddler’ who enjoys as many treats as he can get out of me!”
Co-Chair Kimberly Bradley, a pediatric occupational therapist, has been a supporter of the LA/SPCA for many years. “My love for animals began very young,” she smiled. “I grew up around golden retrievers in a family that was dedicated to owning pets that were from the LA/SPCA or had been rescued animals. I began my involvement with the LA/SPCA in 1989 when I was selected as a Care Cadet and my love for animals inspired me to become a veterinarian technician during my high school years. I have always been, and will continue to be, a proud supporter of the LA/SPCA and its cause.”
She continued, “I have two sweet fur babies, who are both therapy dogs, and we volunteer with The Visiting Pet Program. Lucy, my 6-year-old Golden Retriever, is my shadow. She does not leave my side and loves to swim in my swimming pool. She’s my ‘snuggler’ and the sweetest, most cuddly, loving dog I’ve ever had. She visits Children’s Hospital and Magnolia School for her pet therapy visits. Molly is a 6-year-old Great Pyrenees. She is the protector of the house and watches everything from afar, ensuring Lucy and I are kept safe. At a massive 100 pounds, she will gently paw at you to receive affection when wanted. She is therapy dog as well and visits at Children’s Hospital and Colonial Nursing home. The children and staff and Children’s are constantly asking to see the ‘big, white dog that looks like a polar bear!’”
Co-Chair Michael Atwater, Manager of Supply Chain Performance and Planning at Entergy, also holds the Louisiana SPCA close to his heart. “My first NOLA dog, Zachary Taylor was adopted from the LA/SPCA, and he and I would spend time visiting young cancer patients at Ronald McDonald House, where I would read books to the children while Zak would rest his head in their laps so they could pet him,” he said. “I now have Beignet, my 4-year-old dog, who lets me dress her up!”
With Howling Success, the Louisiana SPCA is able to continue its mission. “Support of Howling Success allows us to continue positively affecting families and their furry, feathered and hoofed loved ones throughout our region,” remarked the Louisiana SPCCA.
The theme of this year’s Howling Success is “Pop Culture” and attendees are encouraged to “come as their favorite Pop Culture icon or celebrity in formal or cocktail attire, or be creative with a costume that is inspired by your favorite Pop Culture era!”
“Howling Success allows the community to raise some much needed funds to enhance the lives of our furry friends in this great city,” Colleen noted. “It’s one of my favorite events of the year with its fun theme, people in costume, great auction items, food, and beverages, and top notch entertainment.”
With entertainment from Robin Barnes, No Idea Band and a special performance by Gretchen in Motion in addition to drinks from Republic National Distributing Co., Buffalo Trace Distillery, Café Henri, CureCo, and The Bulldog and food from Katie’s Restaurant, Galatoire’s Restaurant, The, Ruby Slipper, Mizado Cocina, and MORE, Howling Success is a win-win for everyone!
Colleen concluded, “The best part is that by end of the night, we’ve raised some much needed funds to enhance the lives of our furry friends in this great city. It’s a win-win! If you love this city, then help take care of its most vulnerable residents — the pets who live here. Be part of the solution and support the Louisiana SPCA today!”

WHAT: 38th Annual Howling Success Patron Party & Gala
WHEN: Friday, November 11 (8:00pm-Midnight)
WHERE: Hyatt Regency (601 Loyola Ave.)

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