Posted: Sep 11, 2013 8:09 AM by Tracy Wirtz
Updated: Sep 11, 2013 8:35 AM
We are fortunate on GMA to meet at least two animals each month up for adoption through the Lafayette Animal Control Shelter. Most of the time, I want to take them home! I have four pets of my own, three dogs and a 16-year-old cat. Two of my dogs are rescues from shelters. One is a three-legged border collie named Sammy (he already had a name). The other is a black lab, also named Sam (AKA Big Sam).
In visiting with the four-legged temporary residents of the shelter on Pont des Mouton Road, I also visit with the employees and volunteers who talk about what wonderful animals they have. I decided to take a trip over there myself. I had not been since I adopted Big Sam about six years ago.
What a treat! I met some of the sweetest, friendliest dogs ever!!! Some of them were owner-surrendered for various reasons. One sweet doggie was left in her kennel outside the shelter without a collar or a name, and she was as sweet as she could be and shaking. She and I visited and played and I calmed her down. Of course, I wanted to take her with me, and my heart broke because I had to leave her. I'm not sure what some of their back stories were, but I do know that all of the dogs are temperament-tested and "socialized" before they are "moved up" for adoption.
I can also tell you this: those employees really do love those animals. They are well-cared for. And they all need homes. So please take a look at the pictures of some of them and see if one "speaks" to you.
The shelter is open for adoptions Monday through Friday from 1:00-4:30 unless they are closed for a holiday. The shelter is located on Pont des Mouton Road about a mile west of I-49. The big doggie room smells like dogs live there because, well, dogs live there!
Here's what you get when you adopt from the shelter:
1) All dogs have received their shots... at least 1 DAPP, nasal Bordetella, at least 2 wormings, Frontline for fleas, and rabies (if age appropriate).
2) The animals are spayed or neutered (again, if they are old enough to be).
3) The animals receive an Avid microchip which is registered at the shelter.
4) You do NOT have to live in Lafayette Parish to adopt from the Lafayette shelter.
There is a fee for adoptions and they vary depending on the type of animal (dog, cat, horse) and there are different prices on special days. (Click here for information.)
The Lafayette Animal Control Shelter also accepts the help of volunteers. Employees call them "God sent!" You can apply online or go into the shelter to apply. You will be contacted for orientation. During orientation, you are given a tour of the facility and given an explanation of things they need help with.