LCG Partners with Target Zero for No Kill Initiative

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Posted: 5/18/2016 3:00 PM

At a press conference on Tuesday, Mayor-President Joel Robideaux outlined the plan to implement best practices to lower the animal euthanasia numbers and increase the rescue and adoption rates at the Lafayette Parish Animal Control Center.

Robideaux announced that Lafayette Parish has been accepted into a fellowship program through Target Zero, a national nonprofit organization which works with community animal shelters in obtaining a no kill status. “I am looking forward to working with Target Zero to lower the euthanasia rate and increase live outcomes at our Animal Control Center. Target Zero has a proven track record helping communities like ours implement best practices to achieve no kill.”

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“The Champions” Documentary – 05/12/2016

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Lafayette Pets Alive! is hosting a screening of the documentary “The Champions” on May 12, 2016 at The Grand 16 Theater in Lafayette! “The Champions” is an inspiring film about the rescue and redemption of the pit bulls rescued from the notorious dog-fighting ring of Michael Vick. Go to and reserve your tickets now before they sell out!

Target Zero Town Hall Meeting – February 24, 2016

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LAFAYETTE, Louisiana – Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux announced today that a Town Hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 24 for everyone interested in reducing animal euthanasia numbers and increasing rescue and adoption rates at the Lafayette Parish Animal Control Center. The public event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Picard Center for Child Development, located at 200 E. Devalcourt St. in Lafayette.

The announcement of the Town Hall meeting comes one month after Robideaux confirmed his commitment to working towards a “no-kill” status for the Lafayette Parish Animal Control Center. Attendees will hear from experts with Target Zero, a national organization focused on assisting community animal shelters across the nation in obtaining a no-kill status.

Robideaux said “This Town Hall is an opportunity to collaborate with a successful organization that has aided communities across the country, like Lafayette, achieve a no-kill goal. Representatives from Target Zero will help Lafayette Consolidated Government staff, volunteers and local animal advocate groups understand the next steps in working together for this common goal. The response in support of the no-kill goal has been tremendous. I have no doubt we will be successful in our efforts with the entire community behind us.”

By the year 2020, Robideaux hopes Lafayette Parish will have achieved the no-kill status. The plan is to increase adoptions by ensuring adoptable animals are placed, whether in homes, local or regional non-profits or animal transport services for adoption in other states.

Achieving no-kill is not only a more humane approach according to Robideaux, but is also more cost effective because it eliminates the costs associated with euthanizing animals.

Longer-term plans in accomplishing the no-kill goal include building a new 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art animal shelter for Lafayette which will increase capacity. The existing 6,000 square foot facility on Pont Des Mouton Road was built 25 years ago and is not large enough to house all of the animals that are currently taken in. The estimated $6 million cost of the new facility will be funded by the existing Public Health Millage.

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