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Sunday, March 29, 2009

For your consideration: Nana and Mardi

These girls have been waiting too long for their permanent homes.
Mardi is a young, female pit bull who was found on Magazine street in January and fostered for a month in a house with four other dogs and two young children. When they had to move across the country for work, they realized they could no longer keep her as they had planned. We found room for her at Canine Connection. She's up to date on shots, spayed and on heartworm prevention.

Nana is a white pit bull mix who was adopted from the LA-SPCA as a puppy. After less than a year, he developed health complications that forced him to leave his job and move in with relatives. He contacted us, because he was worried that Nana would fall into the wrong hands, or possibly be euthanized if taken to a shelter. Nana's been staying at Zeus' Place since October! She is spayed, heartworm negative, friendly with children and dogs. Yet so many other dogs have come and gone while she continues patiently waiting.

You can view our other adoptable dogs at Petfinder.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Sula Foundation announces our first annual five-minute film festival

We're still putting the plans together, but this summer The Sula Foundation will be sponsoring our first film competition. The basic guidelines: you have five minutes to portray the American Pit Bull Terrier on film. You may use a documentary style, PSA format, or narrative short. Finalists will be broadcast on our YouTube channel and the winners will be screened at our first Pit Bull Film Festival this summer in New Orleans.

More details--and entry forms--will be online in a few days.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Originally uploaded by kfoz
Ken Foster found Sula five years ago today. Happy Anniversary!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Special Meeting: The Future of Pit Bulls in New Orleans

A few weeks ago, The Sula Foundation contributed toward the expenses of two LA-SPCA staff members who flew to Oakland to join Bad Rap for a week of training and education at Oakland Animal Services. Join us for a talk with LA-SPCA Humane Education director Amy Lundeen, as she fills us in on what they learned and what we can all begin working toward regarding the pit bulls of New Orleans.

Thursday, March 19th, 7pm
Canine Culture
8110 Hampson Street
New Orleans, LA

Also, this week marks two important dates in pit bull history. Monday March 16th marks the anniversary of the death of Sgt. Stubby, the most decorated dog in military history. Tuesday, St. Patrick's Day, is the five year anniversary of Ken Foster finding his dog Sula as a stray. You can honor them by making a small contribution to the Sula Foundation, or by contributing to our efforts to raise money for the LA-SPCA's annual Dog Day Afternoon campaign.

Help Dominick and find out what makes up your mutt

I'm not sure what kind of dog Dominick is. When I picked him up a few weeks ago, he was eating garbage out of a gutter in front of a McDonalds on St. Claude Avenue. At first he didn't want anything to do with me, but eventually he got into my car and within a few blocks he was in my lap, on his back, getting his scrawny belly rubbed as I drove. Please, don't try this in your own car. Dom stayed for a few weeks with a vet uptown and then moved over to Zeus' Place, where he has been delighted to be fed, petted and surrounded by dozens of other dogs. But like most strays in New Orleans, he has heartworms. In order to pay for his treatment and that of other dogs, we need to do a little fundraising. (In addition to Dominick, in the past week we vaccinated and neutered five dogs, and we're treating a pair of puppies for mange.)

Beginning March 21st, The Sula Foundation will be holding an ongoing Swab-a-thon. We're working with the folks at CanineHeritage, and in addition to sharing the proceeds on their canine DNA testing kits, they've also, for the first time, agreed to drop the price from $120 to $99.95. The test involves collecting a DNA sample from your dog's mouth, which is then compared to 100 breeds. It should be noted that they do NOT test for "pit bull." But if you have ever wondered, debated or argued about what your rescue dog is made of, now is your chance to get scientific proof. You won't love your dog any more or less, but you might learn some surprising things about his or her past. We'll have the kits available March 21st at the Bywater Bark Market, and also at Canine Connection and Canine Culture, as well as other upcoming events. You can preorder your kit online now, for pick up when they arrive.

Canine Heritage DNA kit preorder