FEMA Funds New Orleans SPCA Facility with $8M

By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced close to $8 million in consolidated funding to the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for a new animal control facility. The old Louisiana SPCA center was located at 1319 Japonica St. and sustained extensive damage during Katrina. [...]

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced close to $8 million in consolidated funding to the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for a new animal control facility.

The old Louisiana SPCA center was located at 1319 Japonica St. and sustained extensive damage during Katrina. The facility that provided care and basic medical services for homeless animals was not only flooded by storm waters but sustained wind damage, as well.

“Given the level of damages at their original facility, the Louisiana SPCA asked us if they could utilize FEMA funding to build their post-Katrina facility at a new location—one that makes them less vulnerable to future flooding. Our recent grant approves this request, supporting not only their recovery efforts but preparedness efforts, as well,” said FEMA’s Louisiana Recovery Office Deputy Director of Programs Andre Cadogan in a press release.

The request for a new location has been approved, thus the new facility is to be erected at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., where the proximity to the riverbank ensures higher ground. The new SPCA complex will offer the same services and have the same functions as the pre-storm facility; however its space configuration and capacity will improve.

The project falls into FEMA’s Public Assistance Program category. This means that the money will be made available to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, which will extend the money to the Louisiana SPCA  for eligible work completed.

The grant brings the statewide Katrina- and Rita-related recovery funding provided by FEMA through public assistance programs to $1.3 billion.

The Public Assistance Program funds recovery measures and the rebuilding of government and private non-profit organizations’ buildings, as well as bridges, roads, and water and sewer plants.

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Photo credit: The Louisiana SPCA’s Facebook Profile