LASCC AND LOCAL SHELTERS OFFER FREE PET ADOPTIONS THIS WEEKEND

Jul 20, 2022, 14:59 PM by Jennifer McCommons

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LASCC AND LOCAL SHELTERS OFFER FREE PET ADOPTIONS THIS WEEKEND

Thanks to a partnership with Best Friends Animal Society

Lafayette, LA – The Lafayette Animal Shelter and Care Center (LASCC) and Best Friends Animal Society (BFAS), a national animal welfare organization, are teaming up to offer free pet adoptions this weekend – Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23. Area shelters in St. Martin and Vermilion Parishes are also participating. BFAS is reimbursing shelters up to $50 for every cat and $100 for every dog adopted.

Summer months are the highest intake months for local shelters and shelters across the country, particularly in July, and also when pet adoptions decrease. Kennels are full at all three shelters, and LASCC Supervisor Shelley Delahoussaye said this year is worse than past years. “In my conversations with shelters in our area and across the country, we’ve discussed the why. In 2020 when many people worked from home, rates of adoption and fostering animals were high which decreased in 2021. This year, remote work has declined even more.”

Recent data released by BFAS showed in 2021, U.S. shelters saw an 8.1 percent increase in animal intakes and fewer adoptions. "Following the immense success of our National Adoption Weekend in May, which resulted in 4,529 lives saved, we couldn’t wait to have a second National Adoption Weekend as soon as possible,” said Julie Castle, CEO of Best Friends Animal Society.

St. Martin Animal Services Coordinator Andrea Mire added, “Adopting saves two lives – the pet you adopt and opens a spot for other animals. We are happy to join forces with other shelters in Acadiana to clear as many kennels as possible and help people who may not have the financial means to adopt.”

Anyone not ready to commit to adoption can foster a cat or dog to provide the pet a temporary home and relieve area shelters.

Lafayette Animal Control and Care Center

410 Dugas Road

Friday: 8 a.m-4:30 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

St. Martin Parish Animal Services. St. Martinville

1104 Industrial Park Dt.

St. Martinville, LA 70582

337-364-1220

Friday and Saturday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Animal Aid Vermilion Area

11303 Pioneer Rd., Kaplan

337-643-3160

By appointment only on Friday

Email: Animalaidvermilion@gmail.com

In-person hours on Saturday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.