Animal Volunteers Needed

An Acadiana animal control center is desperately in need of help. Like many other shelters in our area, the St. Martin Parish Animal Shelter is being inundated with pets who have been abandoned by their owners.

That’s why the shelter is teaming up with the Humane Society of Louisiana to organize a volunteer group, to provide much needed manpower and financial support.

Concerned St. Martin Parish residents gathered in Henderson Wednesday night to form a volunteer support group for the St. Martin Animal Shelter. These volunteers are teaming up with Jeff Dorson of the humane society of Louisiana in an effort to provide much needed manpower and financial support to the struggling shelter.

The shelter has only two employees who are responsible for the care and feeding of hundreds of abandoned animals each month, along with overseeing adoptions, finding owners of lost pets and wandering livestock, medicating sick animals, investigating cruelty complaints, performing euthanasia, and more.

Animal control coordinator Monique Louvier says volunteers will provide some much needed manpower.

Louvier: “Coming together with a group like this, giving us volunteers to come in and help train the dogs, basic obedience, walking them, bringing them out in play groups and watching them, you learn their personality, it makes them more adoptable.”

Louvier believes the volunteer group could be the key to solving a number of problems at the facility.

Louvier: “…and that’s the bottom line, is to lower our kill rate, raise our adoption rate, and move forward in a positive manner and not a negative one.”

If you’d like to become part of this volunteer effort, call the St. Martin Parish Animal Shelter at 394-1220, or send an e-mail to

To adopt a pet from the facility, call the above number or visit the shelter at 1004 Industrial Park Road in St. Martinville.

The St. Martin Parish Shelter is open Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Saturday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

The $65 adoption fee entitles you to a $50 spay neuter certificate and a $10 rabies certificate.

If you can’t adopt a pet, please consider becoming a foster parent.

There are now not one, but two active shooting investigations right now in Acadiana.

Police Chief Rick Coleman says one person is recovering from a shooting on Dutile Street in Abbeville and another person is in custody.

We’ve got a crew on the way to the scene right now and we’ll bring you more information as it becomes available.

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