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B.A.R.K., Boudreaux's Animal Rescue Krewe (Alexandria)


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Boudreaux's Animal Rescue Krewe rescues and places dogs in forever homes.

Mission
To rescue unwanted or uncared for dogs, provide shelter, veterinary care and locate forever homes for each dog.

Description
Boudreaux’s Animal Rescue Krewe (B.A.R.K.) is a local 501c(3) non-profit animal welfare organization and NO KILL animal shelter. We are determined and inspired to rescue homeless and/or unwanted dogs that are due to be euthanized merely because there are too many dogs in shelters. We rely heavily on our volunteers, donations, and fundraisers to supply the needs, care and shelter to continue to save these animals lives and find them safe, loving homes. Please contact us or visit our website barkdogrescue.org if you would be interested in any aspect of helping, fostering, or adopting these precious animals.
General Information
Husband and wife team, Julian and Eva Long, have rescued animals all of their lives, but one day in 2004, when Julian was exposed to a local animal shelter’s day of euthanasia, he adopted ten dogs from “Death Row;” and the two have never looked back. The tragedy of Hurricane Katrina hit one year later, and their shelter was overflowing with abandoned animals. Years have passed, and their incredible journey is on-going. Over 3000 dogs have been rescued and placed in their forever homes, but so many more continue to come. Both, born and raised in Louisiana, they are very proud of their heritage. They love the southern traditions, the food, and the beautiful land, but regretfully admit that animals are not always treated as they should be. Sometimes they are treated like property and are kept on short chains. Others run loose, and the shelters are full of homeless pets. The main message that they would like to express is the importance of spaying and neutering animals to help reduce the pet overpopulation. That is the main reason we have shelters and so many innocent animals killed.
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Currently we are more active on our facebook page than the website but eventually we will be trying to keep the two in sync. People just don't seem to use the websites anymore, as they are always on facebook and can interact with us so easily. So check the facebook page out too if you would. It's a work in progress. I'm just a volunteer. I'm currently taking photos of the animals and adding them to our page when I can.
https://www.facebook.com/barkdogrescue/info

PO Box 404
Tioga, Louisiana 71477-0404

Contact Info
Email: [email protected]
Feral Cat TNR Program
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High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
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Rescue Groups
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Foster Care
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Comprehensive Adoption Programs
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Pet Retention
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Medical and Behavior Programs
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Public Relations/Community Involvement
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Volunteers
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Proactive Redemptions
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A Compassionate Director
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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