LAFAYETTE - Lafayette Consolidated Government opened its new animal shelter and care center Monday.
Former Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Roubideaux says the community played a big role in the creation of the new $8.9 million state-of-the-art animal shelter and care center.
"This is the result of a lot of hard work, a lot of community involvement to get us to the point where we are today. It’s a really important day I think for the lafayette community to know that we have a shelter that reflects their love for animals," Robideaux said.
The new facility more than twice the size of the old building. Shelter Supervisor Shelley Delahoussaye says it was important that they create a comfortable environment for the animals.
"So this facility here was designed so that we did have that capacity to care, to make sure that all these animals stay healthy, they maintain lower stress levels. I mean every little thing," Delahoussaye said.
In February, the shelter reached no-kill status - meaning at least 90 percent of the animals that came in were saved. Delahoussaye says the new amenities will help save as many animals as possible.
"The dog dorms have bark walls so that they can’t see an adjacent animal across from them, so they won’t bark. The acoustic ceilings make sure it’s less noisy and therefore less stressful. So, less stress is more healthy and then more happy and so to keep those animals healthy and they get adopted way quicker," she said.
Robideaux says the new shelter is also a much more welcoming place for families looking to adopt a new family addition.
"The former shelter was lacking in a lot of ways, and it really wasn’t conducive to having the public come in and feeling good about adopting an animal from that shelter. When you walk in here, you’re going to feel like ‘I’m going to want one of these animals," said Robideaux.
One of the other many positives of this new facility is the ability for visitors to simply sign-in and take a look at the animals up for adoption without having to wait on a staff member for assistance. There’s also a meet and greet room where you can interact with the animals.
Delahoussaye and Roubideaux both say they are extremely proud and grateful to the staff at the animal shelter for all they have done.