BATON ROUGE, LA - The Companion Animal Alliance opened its new shelter on LSU’s campus on Wednesday.
CCA is a non-profit group that was created in 2011 to operate the East Baton Rouge Parish animal shelter.
The decades-old animal shelter was previously located near the Baton Rouge Airport.
Homeless dogs, cats, and other creatures now have a comfortable temporary home until they are adopted by families.
The new shelter is located on Gourrier Avenue on land donated by LSU. CAA, with assistance from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, raised $12.75 million in private donations to build the shelter.
“Baton Rouge can be proud of this accomplishment,” said Christel Slaughter, CAA board chair. “The benevolence of contributors, foster families, volunteers and staff is why our parish now has among the best pet shelters in the Southeast. On behalf of the pets, CAA thanks them.”
When CAA was formed in 2011, only two of every 10 animals at the parish Animal Shelter were being adopted. CAA has since boosted adoption levels to more than 70 percent. Over 42,000 more dogs and cats that have been given homes and families since CAA took over the animal shelter.
Officials with CAA believe the new shelter will make the process of adopting animals a more pleasant experience for Baton Rouge residents.
They’re also hoping the more accessible location will help draw more families looking to adopt a pet.
LSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine students will care for the animals at the animal shelter.
CAA officials say the new shelter offers a healthier environment for the homeless animals because it features easy-to-clean dog kennels that keeps the dogs comfortable and reduces the spread of infections. The shelter also has custom cat condos that allow felines to roam and explore.
The new shelter also features a retail store that will generate revenues for CAA’s operations and an outdoor area where perspective families can mingle with dogs that are up for adoption.