Things are going really great at the Lafayette Animal Shelter and Care Center (LASCC) on West Pont Des Mouton Road in Lafayette.

It was announced yesterday that they've reached no-kill status. This means that the shelter has saved the lives of 90% or more of the animals at the shelter.

"Strategic, innovative methods and procedures were put into place at the shelter in order to achieve this coveted goal," Director Shelley Delahoussaye said.

The term "no-kill" includes adopting out healthy animals and only euthanizing terminally ill animals and aggressive animals that cannot be adopted.

Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory expressed his appreciation of this achievement. "This is not only an accomplishment for the shelter, but also for the entire Lafayette community. Our staff and volunteers at the shelter put in the hard work, but it's our citizens who visit daily to adopt, volunteer, and foster who are the real MVPs."

The work to get to this status was started during the Joel Robideaux administration. Back in 2016, when he took over as Lafayette Mayor-President, Robideaux set a goal to achieve no-kill status by 2020 by decreasing the number of euthanized animals and increasing adoptions.

"I'm so proud of the staff who worked to achieve this goal. Lafayette is an animal-friendly community, and now our shelter reflects that," Robideaux said.

In 2015, the year before Robideaux took office, only 28.01% of dogs and cats left the shelter alive (47.49% of dogs and 9.62% of cats).

In January 2021, LASCC reported that 95.19% of dogs and cats left the shelter alive.

If you are considering adoption, please take a visit to Lafayette Animal Shelter and Care Center. The shelter is open weekdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and is located at 613 West Pont Des Mouton Road in Lafayette.

For more information, visit www.lafayettela.gov/lascc/ or check out LASCC on Facebook.

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