Lafayette Animal Shelter Making Strides Towards No Kill Goal
Sep 14, 2017 08:46AM
● By Caitlin Marshall
Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux signed into law an ordinance passed by the Lafayette City-Parish Council which significantly lowers adoption fees and also allows for a feline Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) program. Both the reduced adoption fees and the implementation of a TNR program were recommendations by Target Zero, a national nonprofit which assists local animal shelters working towards a no kill goal.
This ordinance represents a significant milestone in our no kill initiative and I am very pleased we had overwhelming support of the measure,” stated Robideaux. “With the ability to institute a TNR program, our community now joins model shelters who are successfully maintaining a no kill status by humanely managing the community cat population.”
The new ordinance also lowers the adoption fees for shelter animals from $100 to $35 for puppies and dogs and from $80 to $25 for kittens and cats. Additionally, adoption fees are waived altogether for military veterans with IDs and senior citizens over 65 years of age. Every adoptable animal from the shelter is neutered or spayed, vaccinated, heartworm tested and micro-chipped.
For individuals interested in gifting a shelter pet, adoption gift certificates are the best option. Pet ownership requires planning, and giving a pet as a gift is generally discouraged. Giving an LASCC “Gift Fur-tificate” ensures that the recipient is ready to welcome their new pet and it allows them to select a puppy, kitten, dog or cat of their choice. LSACC adoption gift certificates are available for purchase at the shelter and cover costs associated with regular adoption.
The Lafayette Animal Shelter & Care Center (LASCC) is located at 613 W. Pont Des Mouton Rd. in Lafayette. For more information on the Lafayette Animal Shelter & Care Center visit www.lafayettela.gov/aCPlus or @ facebook.com/LafayetteAnimalControlCenter.