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.
For more information or to RSVP for the Target Zero Town Hall meeting, please visit www.lafayettela.gov.
Visit www.target-zero.org for more information on Target Zero.