Shelley Delahoussaye is more than the Shelter and Care Center Supervisor, she is also lifelong animal lover and advocate for the well-being of pets looking for a forever home.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2007, Shelley went to work as a Veterinary Technician for private Veterinary offices. She helped small and large animals for 13 years before finding her a new passion as an Adoption, Foster & Rescue Coordinator with Lafayette Animal Shelter and Care Center in 2017. Shelley’s hard work and dedication for finding pets their forever home turned into a promotion to Shelter Supervisor one year later in 2018.
Shelley has really done wonders for the furry residents of Lafayette Parish in her three years as Supervisor. With significant efforts from her staff and support from the community, the Lafayette Animal Shelter and Care Center has achieved year to date live outcome of 90.3% in 2020.
This is truly an astonishing accomplishment because the live outcome rate for cats was 9% and dogs was 47% in 2015. Shelley forged partnerships with local and national organizations to make this happen because the human-animal bond is something that she takes very seriously. Innovations did not stop in March but increased because of new precautions needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shelley and team were proud of the progress they made and didn’t want to stop the momentum. Their efforts took time and creative thinking but they have continued to maintain their high level of service and rate of lives saved. These efforts were noticed and Shelley received recognition from Best Friends Animal Society, a national animal welfare organization. In addition, Shelley was also recommended and accepted into the Best Friends Executive Leadership Certification program in conjunction with Southern Utah University.
This exemplary team will continue to grow and help more animals find their forever home in the future. Shelley insured this in 2019 when she was instrumental in working with the Administration, and the City Parish Council to obtain additional funding to begin the design and construction of a new state of the art $8.9 million facility. This is the long awaited and promised upgrade from the current decades old facility currently in use.
Shelley worked with the architecture firm, and the contractor to ensure the facility would meet the needs of the animals, employees, volunteers, and adopters. The new facility will focus on being an adoption center first. There will be increased capacity for additional animals with considerably less manual labor required by the staff to maintain the facility.
There will also be a state of the art surgery center for animals to receive medical care and sterilization before adoption. Shelley has been working with various teams to ensure that the care of animals is superior and her staff has the tools to help them work smarter not harder. The construction began in January 2020 with completion scheduled for Spring 2021.
In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her husband, Joshua, and their 4 children. She can also be found riding horses and camping.