Lafayette animal shelter welcomes 61 animals in one day, urgent need for adopters
Lafayette Animal Shelter and Care Center is waiving pet adoption fees this week. Licensed residents can adopt animals at the shelter for free until Saturday.
The Lafayette Animal Shelter and Care Center (LASCC) took in more animals in a day than it normally does in a week, officials say.
Monday, 61 dogs and cats, stray or returned by their masters, filled the refuge. The average intake during the summer months is around 80 per week.
In a recent Facebook post, the animal shelter made the announcement and asked residents to help clean their kennels. The charges will be waived.
Dogs and cats will be available free of charge until Saturday June 12. The opening hours on Friday are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Lafayette animal shelter and care center is located at 410 Dugas road.
“As of Tuesday morning, all 96 kennels were full,” said LASCC director Shelley Delahousaye. “It is literally a crisis of life and death. We do not have kennel space. As a municipal shelter, we are obligated to accommodate animals, but if there is no space available, euthanasia may be the only option to create space.
As was the case this week when seven dogs with severe behavior or medical problems were euthanized. “If we had had the space, we could have worked with and trained the dogs with behavioral issues and continued to care for the dog with severe mange, which would have taken about three more weeks to process. We had to create a space for healthy dogs, ”said Delahousaye.
The care center opened last month after moving to a new facility with additional space and further improvements.
For more information, contact LASCC at 377-291-5644.