NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Following a two month closure to deep clean and reset the Plaquemines Parish Animal Shelter, the Louisiana SPCA’s new Plaquemines Parish Campus will officially open to the residents of Plaquemines Parish Tuesday, March 3, at 11 a.m. following a ribbon cutting ceremony by Parish President Kirk Lepine.

The shelter, owned by Plaquemines Parish, can house up to 65 dogs and 80-100 cats. Adoptions will be open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Other important programs such as lost and found and owner surrenders will also be available to the public during normal business hours.

While animal control will remain a parish service, the Louisiana SPCA will continue to house animals brought in by animal control in the hopes of reuniting them with their owners or finding them a forever home.

“We are proud to join the Plaquemines community” says Louisiana SPCA CEO, Ana Zorrilla. “By partnering with the parish, we are able to leverage our 132 years of sheltering experiences to impact the lives of thousands of more animals.”

The Louisiana SPCA impacts the lives of more than 70,000 animals throughout Louisiana every year. Through life-saving innovative initiatives like a nationwide transport program, low-cost Community Clinic, nationally recognized foster program and collaborations with local and national partner groups, the Louisiana SPCA has been an advocate for the animals in Louisiana for more than 130 years.

“We are thrilled to take the next step in this journey with the Louisiana SPCA,” says Parish President, Kirk Lepine. “The shelter’s transformation will allow an advancement in care and protection for animals in Plaquemines Parish. We are extremely grateful for the Louisiana SPCA’s commitment to develop a sustainable future for all of Plaquemines Parish’s animals.”

On Jan. 1, the Louisiana SPCA assumed management of the Plaquemines Parish Animal Shelter, formerly run by the Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). PAWS notified Plaquemines Parish Government officials in October 2019 that they would not be renewing their contract to manage the parish’s animal shelter for a variety of reasons. Wanting the very best for the animals in Plaquemines Parish, PAWS approached the Louisiana SPCA to consider caring for the animals neighboring Orleans Parish. PAWS will continue to have a presence in Plaquemines Parish and plans to support the Louisiana SPCA through fundraising efforts.

 

For more information about the Louisiana SPCA and the new Plaquemines Parish Campus visit www.la-spca.org.

 

WHAT:Plaquemines Parish Animal Shelter Ribbon Cutting

 

WHO:Louisiana SPCA & Plaquemines Parish Government

 

WHEN:Tuesday, March 3

11 a.m.

 

WHERE:Louisiana SPCA’s Plaquemines Parish Campus

455 F. Edward Hebert Blvd.

Belle Chasse, LA 70037