Jan 19, 2022, 09:12 AM by Jennifer McCommons



Lafayette, LA – For the second year in a row, the Lafayette Animal Shelter and Care Center (LASCC) has reached no-kill status, meaning the shelter has saved the lives of 90 percent or more of the animals at the shelter. In 2021, the shelter saved the lives of 94 percent of dogs and 93 percent of cats through adoption, rescues, transferring to rescue partners for adoption, or returning them to their owners after being lost. Euthanasia is reserved for only terminally ill and unadoptable aggressive animals. 

Staff maintained its status as a no-kill shelter despite taking in more animals in 2021. “Not only did we maintain it, but we also reached an even higher percentage rate. We reached a 93 percent average, dogs and cats combined,” Lafayette Animal Shelter Supervisor Shelley Delahoussaye said. 

LASCC has been able to maintain the no-kill designation through strategic, innovative methods and procedures. “With the help of our pet-loving community, we are setting the tone for the rest of the state to save more lives,” Delahoussaye said. 

How LASCC Maintained No-Kill Status 

Trap-Neuter-Return Program (TNR)

Rather than trapping and euthanizing feral cats, the animal ordinance was changed in 2017 to mandate they be humanely trapped, spayed or neutered to help control the population, then returned to their habitat. 

Reduced Adoption Fees for Dogs and Cats

Since 2017, LASCC has maintained lower adoption fees. Dog adoption fees dropped from $100 to $35 and cat fees dropped from $80 to $25 for cats. Also, military veterans and senior citizens over the age 65 do not pay an adoption fee. 

Managing Intake

Instead of accepting walk-ins who drop off strays or owner surrenders, LASCC has continued with its education approach by scheduling appointments only, giving staff the opportunity to counsel someone to prevent pet surrenders. For stray animals, because they’re usually found within one to three miles of their homes, staff advises to first use social media, post flyers, and ask neighbors if they recognize the pet before surrendering to the shelter. 

Increasing Foster Care

Sometimes foster families adopt pets they are temporarily caring for, but most of the time the foster family finds a forever home for them. 

Partnering with Rescues Around the Country

Animals are sent to Florida, Colorado, New Jersey, Michigan, Idaho and others where pet overpopulation is not a problem and adoptions are in demand.