Map of the 2017 Parade Location
Learn about the non-profits the parade benefits...

The Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF), founded by Louisiana-born actor, environmentalist and animal advocate Ian Somerhalder, is dedicated to empowering, educating and collaborating with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures. ISF raises awareness about environmental and animal protection issues, supports initiatives to promote green energy, global conservation programs, and empowers youth to become a united and spirited force for change. ISF's Emergency Medical Care Grant provides financial assistance for the care of animals recovering from abuse, neglect, and injuries, easing the financial stress of treatment so that rescuers can focus on an animal's adoption into a permanent, loving home. The program has helped over 1300 creatures to date.

ISF has designated it’s 100-acre property in Lacombe, Louisiana, as a wetlands nature preserve, animal sanctuary and learning center. The acreage, nestled in the middle of an area that is rapidly urbanizing in St. Tammany Parish Louisiana, encompasses three eco-systems along the eastern half of Bayou Lacombe and is home to many species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Initial goals for the land in 2017 include the development of a campus in conjunction with other local non-profits to include educational installations, trails, and event/activity areas.

Scott’s Wish is an IRS recognized 501c3 made up of volunteers in our community helping others who have life threatening illnesses. We’ve helped young and old around the state who are going through all phases of cancer treatment, heart disease, organ transplants, newborn birth defects, and ALS patients. Scott's Wish was named for Scott Lala who succumbed to Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in January of 2008. The purpose of the organization is to charitably assist patients, families, and caretakers with the cost of travel, lodging and related expenses necessary for treatment and care of those persons suffering from leukemia or other devastating illnesses. Scott felt blessed that he was never alone, and he wished that comfort for all sufferers of disease. This is his legacy.
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St. Tammany Spay and Neuter Group was founded by long-time animal activist Florence Ordogne. Having been responsible for bringing Southern Animal Foundation's SNIP Van to the northshore years ago, when the funding for the Van became impossible, Ordogne refused to stop servicing the community and kept the program alive through the help of a few generous veterinarians and help from the City of Mandeville by subsidizing spay and neuter services. Over the past 20 years, parade proceeds from their concession stand have allowed the group to perform hundreds of additional spay/neuters each year.
Contact: Spay/Neuter Hotline (985) 727-2748

Have a Heart thru Art was founded in 1996 to enrich the lives of at-risk children in the community. It has always been supported by a volunteer workforce made up of community leaders and strives to provide access to the arts for
underprivileged and disabled children. Through various community events like Mardi Paws, the program raises funds to send children to summer art, music, dance and drama camps; or provide needed supplies to the organizations hosting them.
Contact: (985) 892-0060 
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Villalobos Rescue Center
Villalobos Rescue Center is a rescue, rehabilitation and placement facility for abused and abandoned pit bulls now located in the 9th ward of New Orleans. The center has gained attention from Pit Bulls & Parolees, a reality television series on the Animal Planet, which depicts the day-to-day operations at Villalobos, including rescues of abused, neglected, and abandoned dogs, and the Center's efforts to adopt out dogs to new owners. The Villalobos Rescue Center (VRC) founder Tia Torres, her family and staff, works ceaselessly to give pit bulls another chance in life. Each and every dog taken in is spayed or neutered and given necessary medical treatment. They work patiently to reacclimatize fearful dogs to the loving care of a human, so that they may eventually be adopted. In some cases, these dogs have never had a kind word or touch, and it is a slow process. After determining temperaments and compatibility factors, they begin that long search for the perfect home.

HART of Louisiana
The Humane Animal Response Team of Louisiana whose mission is to assist in the animal welfare, protection, and safety of animals throughout the state of Louisiana by investigating claims of animal abuse, neglect and abandonment. We are a non-profit corporation and our services are free. We are available to receive calls 24/7 to assure the best assistance to animals in distress. When a call is received, a team will be dispatched to gather and format the information to present to the appropriate officials for disposition of any animals involved. We will seek emergency veterinary care to rehabilitate the animals; we'll perform investigations independently and for organizations that request our assistance. We look forward to serving the animals in our community!

CARES, Critter Adoption Rescue and Education Society is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of companion animals through rescue efforts, adoption, public advocacy, education, litigation, and direct intervention. We service mostly southeastern Louisiana however our organization has the ability to expand the service area as needed to meet our mission.Our principle activities include aiding and/or rescuing companion animals in distress; operating foster homes which house and rehabilitate abused, neglected, and stray animals; operating an adoption program for abused, neglected, and stray animals; investigating animal abuse complaints and assisting with the prosecution of suspected offenders; initiating and managing humane education campaigns for the public, including but not limited to the education of children on proper animal care and reporting animal abuse and neglect cases; and disaster relief efforts. Contact: Amanda Roberts , 985-246-9765, Founder/Director/National Transport Coordinator

Lovers Not Biters Dog Rescue
Lovers Not Biters Dog Rescue is a non-profit dog rescue (status-pending 501c3) dedicated to saving homeless and abandoned dogs from euthanasia in overcrowded high-kill shelters. We are presently operating in Louisiana (New Orleans/Baton Rouge), rescuing dogs from high kill shelters. We also have an educational outreach program in Southern California to help promote spaying/neutering and educating people able the benefits of adopting from shelters and rescues.Lovers Not Biters Dog Rescue’s mission is to help create a world where all dogs have loving and permanent homes. or e-mail

Love on a Leash
Love on a Leash – St. Tammany, is a local chapter of the national organization called Love on a Leash. We are a group of dedicated pet owners and their pets who volunteer their time to bring a moment of joy to the residents of our parish. Our goal is to provide interactions with our animals that will enhance people’s quality of life. Love on a Leash – St. Tammany offers unconditional love and acceptance, asking for nothing in return except praise, pets and an occasional treat.For more information about Love on a Leash – St. Tammany,  email Sandy McMurtry at

St. Tammany Parish Animal Services
We envision the day when all citizens, their property and their neighborhoods will be safe from the dangers and nuisances of irresponsible pet ownership. We envision the day when animals will not suffer because of human abuse, neglect or ignorance; and that every pet born will be assured of a good home and care all it's natural life. In keeping with our vision, our mission is to balance the health, safety and welfare needs of people and animals in St. Tammany Parish by: Protecting the rights of people from dangers and nuisances caused by uncontrolled animals; Ensuring the legal protection of animals from mistreatment; and Promoting, motivating and enforcing responsible pet ownership.Located at: 31078 Hwy 36, Lacombe, LA 70445 Phone: (985) 809-0183 Fax: (985) 871-4507

St. Francis Animal Sanctuary
The St. Francis Animal Sanctuary (SFAS) is the largest no-kill companion pet sanctuary in the Southeast United States. Chartered in Abita Springs, LA, SFAS serves Louisiana’s Northshore, the Greater New Orleans metro area, and Southern Mississippi. Their mission is to operate a compassionate, no-kill animal sanctuary for the ill, the un-adoptable and the elderly. Provide animal rescue, medical care and temporary haven for adoptable animals until qualified homes/rescues are found. Operate as a Hurricane Emergency Response Center for Rescue Organizations.

St. Tammany Parish Humane Society
The St. Tammany Humane Society has been serving the unwanted, neglected, abandoned, and abused animals of the gulf coast region since 1953. A no-kill animal welfare organization, the STHS is an independent, non-governmental shelter that offers veterinary care, fostering, and adoption services. Their Mission: To save the life of every adoptable animal in our community through education, adoption and spay/neuter programs.

Animal Helper
Animal Helper is an all-volunteer organization to help pets and their owners in the Greater New Orleans. Animal Helper was set up to help animals and their owners during this unique time in history after Katrina. Every living, breathing creature, no matter how big or small, was affected by Katrina. Many owned animals are still roaming the streets since Katrina. We provide dog/cat food and animal supplies to underprivileged pet owners in New Orleans East. We also provide food to resident feeders. We rescue stray dogs, and the occasional cats. We then rehabilitate them in order to find them loving permanent homes. All of our animals have been temperament tested prior to entering our organization. We are an all breed rescue.