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LA/SPCA Restores Phone Line in New Orleans

(New Orleans, LA) — October 15, 2005 &mdash The LA/SPCA has restored phone service and installed a new toll–free phone number thanks to the generous donation of hosted phone services provided by Halloo Communications.

“This is the perfect use of the technology we provide to thousands of businesses,” said Jim Li, CEO of Halloo Communications, the South San Francisco, California hosted phone service provider (www.halloo.com). “It just made sense for Halloo to step-in and help the pets and their families. The real heroes are the dedicated staffers and volunteers, working round-the-clock to reunite the animals with their families. We’re just glad we could make this important contribution,” said Li.

The number to contact the LA/SPCA is 1-800-745-9151.

“Getting our phone lines back in operation is a major step in returning to our pre-Katrina functions,” said Executive Director Laura Maloney. “It is important for residents to know that we are back operating on the streets of New Orleans. We couldn’t have done this without the help from Halloo Communications and we appreciate their generosity in donating this vital phone service to us in our time of need.”

The phone service is critical to the everyday operations. However, due to lack of resources, the LA/SPCA is currently only handling Animal Control issues in the new facility, which is located in Algiers at 701 Thayer Street.

“Until the shelter is fully operational, we are unable to accept animals from the public,” said Maloney. “However, if you have a pet you can no longer keep, St. Tammany Humane Society and the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society (Baton Rouge) have agreed to accept owner relinquished dogs and cats from area citizens until such time (expect 6-8 weeks) that we can start accepting owner relinquished animals. St. Tammany can be reached at 985-909-0183 and CAAWS at (225) 752-5801.”

To help look for a pet, report a missing pet, report animal cruelty or a stray animal, citizens are urged to call 1-800-745-9151.

Like most residents and businesses in New Orleans, the LA/SPCA lost its building and two of their vehicles were completely destroyed in the hurricane’s aftermath.

To make a donation to help the LA/SPCA you can visit the www.la-spca.org website or you can send a check or money order to: Louisiana SPCA, PO Box 127, Mandeville, LA 70470.

The Louisiana SPCA worked in cooperation with several other agencies to rescue the more than 8,500 animals after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29th. The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA/SPCA) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of animal suffering. Chartered in 1888, it is the oldest and most comprehensive animal welfare organization in the state of Louisiana providing care and basic medical services for approximately 11,000 homeless and unwanted animals each year. The LA/SPCA is a membership organization that depends upon the support of the public. The LA/SPCA asks that you demand to see official identification from animal welfare agents to ensure proper authority.

Halloo Communications, Inc. is a leading provider of Hosted Communications services for businesses, help desks, and contact centers. Our innovative solutions provide instant ROI with intelligent call routing, agent and supervisor consoles for dynamic call management, monitoring and recording, as well as unified messaging abilities. Halloo service plans deliver high-profile call system features for a wide range of organizations and operating budgets. Founded in 2002, Halloo is privately held, with headquarters at 400 Oyster Point Blvd., South San Francisco, CA, 94080, 1-888-238-3822, www.halloo.com.
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Company Contact:

Jennifer Killian
Halloo Communications, Inc.
pr@halloo.com
(888) 238-3822