Animal Control Position Statement

Monday, March 16, 2009 - 5:15pm

We are aware of he current infectious disease situation at the animal control facility. We have consulted with LSU School of Veterinary Medicine regarding this issue, and are working to decrease the incidence of disease in our shelter pets. It is common for animals that come into a shelter environment to be exposed to various infectious diseases, especially because of the large number of stray animals in the Lafayette Parish area.

We have instituted a vaccination program at the shelter; but because of the constant influx of new animals into the shelter, infectious diseases are a challenge to manage. We strive to ensure that each animal is free of disease before he or she is adopted. Unfortunately, some animals exposed to infectious diseases such as Distemper may appear normal at adoption and only show signs of disease 1-2 weeks later.

We advise all residents adopting pets from the shelter to have the animals examined by their local veterinarian within 72 hours, and strongly encourage owners to complete the vaccination series begun at the shelter. Their local veterinarian will advise them on the vaccinations that will protect their pet. Our top priority and goal at Animal Control is to improve the quality of life for the animals at the shelter, and we are working hard to see that this happens.