LSU, CAA looking to move city-parish animal shelter to campus

LSU, CAA looking to move city-parish animal shelter to campus

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The LSU Board of Supervisors are set to take up and agreement Friday between LSU and the Companion Animal Alliance to relocate the city-parish shelter to the campus.

LSU and the CAA have been discussing the move for two years now.

"While some minor details remain to be ironed out, we have now reached an agreement on the location of the shelter on campus, the operating standards that the CAA will meet, staffing levels, financial requirements, and other matters to protect the interests of LSU, CAA and the animals that will be sheltered at the facility," according to a request to approve a lease to approve a lease for the new shelter in the board of supervisor's agenda for its meeting Friday.

If the board approves the move, the shelter will move from its current location near the Parish Prison on Progress Road to land owned by the board and maintained by the LSU AgCenter on Gourrier Road between River Road and Nicholson Drive.

According to documents, final plans, specifications and schematic design of the facility have not yet been prepared.

The CAA plans to raise about $12 million for a new shelter on campus. So far they have raised over $1.4 million over the past five years from private donations.

For LSU, relocating the shelter to the campus will provide a number of benefits for students and faculty.

There are also some risks associated with the plan.

"While CAA is a private entity and LSU will not be directly responsible for overseeing its operations, its mere presence on campus will likely cause the public to associate the shelter and its operations with LSU," according to the board. "A significant portion of the negotiations, therefore, has been aimed at ensuring the shelter will follow the leading best practices for its operation."

The plan is recommended for approval by the board, which will convene at 10 a.m. Friday at LSU's campus in Alexandria.

If approved, the CAA hopes to break ground on the shelter early next year.

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