Acadiana Animal Aid

Inspiring a healthy community through compassion for animals

Carencro, LA   |  acadianaanimalaid.org

Mission

Saving the lives of companion animals,
Until they all have a home.

Ruling year info

1976

Executive Director

Ms. Jeanine Foucher

Board Chair

Kyle Kellner

Main address

P O Box 298

Carencro, LA 70520 USA

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Formerly known as

Lafayette Animal Aid

EIN

23-7414331

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In Lafayette Parish and the surrounding parishes of Acadiana, the animal overpopulation has become overwhelming and out of control. Within a 75 mile radius of Lafayette, at least 25,000 healthy, adoptable pets are euthanized every year. And these numbers do not include the pets that die as a result of being dumped away from their home, or as a result of cruelty and/or neglect. This problem needs to be addressed from a multi-faceted strategic approach that includes our City Parish government, Acadiana Animal and other non profit organizations, as well as our entire community. Working together is the only way to make a "No Kill" community happen. At the very least, together, we should be able to stop the useless killing of healthy and adoptable family pets. By working towards this goal, we hope to inspire a healthy community through compassion for animals.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adoption Program

Acadiana Animal Aid is the region’s leader in animal transport, adoption, and education. We provide a safe place to land for animals at risk of euthanasia before they take off to their forever homes. For 47 years, AAA has played a vital role in saving animals from impoverished, resource-deprived communities. We bring in pets from 5 primary municipal shelters, provide veterinary and daily care, and create pathways to their futures. AAA is known locally and nationally for our transport program, a lifesaving strategy to reduce the 40% euthanasia rate of shelter pets in Louisiana. Our commitment to saving our region’s pets runs deep – in 2020, we saved nearly 2,000 cats and dogs through local and out-of- state adoptions and transport.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This program utilizes a Therapy dog to visit second-grade students in Lafayette parish schools, community centers, YMCAs, libraries, and children’s clubs. Our service dogs are trained, captivated listeners, and their affection and attention can help children learning to read to develop more self-confidence in their reading skills and enhance their overall reading abilities. During these visits, children read to the dog and are provided with educational material and a small stuffed animal that they can read to at home to help them develop a passion for reading and animals. Please help us keep this program going so more Acadiana children can benefit from this wonderful opportunity.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Kitty Litter-A-Ture is a program where children read to cats at the LAA shelter. We welcome children ages 6-12, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, on every Thursday from 4-5pm. Books are provided!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

This program allows AAA to save more lives. Although our shelter houses approximately 100 dogs and 100-120 cats, the number of homeless animals in Acadiana is still greater than the number of animals AAA can accomaodate. Those interested in fostering receive training prior to receiving a foster animal. AAA foster homes create some of the extra space needed to take in more of the homeless animals of Acadiana. These homes also ensure greater care for those animals with special needs such as bottle fed kittens and puppies.

Population(s) Served
Families

This program allows AAA to save an ever increasing number of lives. Because of the great number of homeless animals in Acadiana, many shelters must euthanize healthy, adoptable pets. The transport program allows AAA to transport animals from high-kill shelters in Louisiana to no-kill shelters in receiving states that have a very low/no stray population. Each year, AAA transports approximately 1800 animals to no kill rescue partners. Our ground transport programs travels to Colorado once per month and our organization participates in flights to the Northeast and Pacific Northwest.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Crusaders for Canines Award 2015

Best Friends Animal Society

Affiliations & memberships

HSUS RESCUE NETWORK PARTNER 2018

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Achieve No Kill by 2020 (having a live release rate of 90% or above of the pets that enter our municipal shelter)

How? ~ 1) Engage trainers, behaviorists or experienced animal advocates to explore and present potential solutions for the animals that are
harder to find homes for due to cruelty or neglect or lack of socialization, training or learned behavior
2) Focus on pulling as many pets as possible from our municipal shelter and utilizing our transport program to move as many of
these animals as possible to other no kill rescues, thereby opening space and alleviating the need to euthanize as frequently
3) Review and Renew our Education programs that will teach children the importance of spaying and neutering, compassion for
animals, proper care for animals, and teaching children that they can make a difference too
4) Increase revenue that will enable AAA to Increase the # of transfers to other receiving No Kill rescues
5) Engage and involve our community, in order to a) Increase local adoptions b) raise awareness of the reality and plight of these
pets otherwise and c) show our community how many other similar cities and municipalities have already accomplished this goal
6) Offer low cost help for the community that cannot afford and have never utilized vet care for their pets
7) Work closely with our municipal shelter to share ideas and programs that have been proven to accomplish this goal

What? ~ 1) AAA has a successful transport program in place since 2014. In 2016, we were able to transport over 1900 animals to other
rescues. In 2017, that number rose to 2732 due to successful partnerships, such as Wings of Rescue and Greatergood.org . Our
transport program expanded to include cats in 2017 and increased the number of cats that AAA saved by 200%.
2) AAA has had a successful Education programs for five years now that reaches all age groups from Kindergarten through 15 years
old. Our I Read to Animals program has a waiting list from public schools, private schools and community organizations each
year. Our Jr volunteer program allows us to invite 10-15 yr olds to our shelter twice a month to learn about what we do and how
we do it...which also has a waiting list. Each summer we have three sessions of our Kids Adventure Camp and each session has
filled up and had a waiting list for the last three years.
3) Acadiana Animal Aid is working with certified trainers, behaviorists and national organizations on methods to address the harder
to place animals, such as larger breed dogs, heart worm positive dogs and dogs that are falsely labeled and/or inaccurately
considered to be aggressive.

Referring to the above numbers, we have clearly increased our lifesaving capacity drastically since 2014. We have initiated and maintained relationships with other rescues and national organizations that have helped us to be able to continue with the lifesaving efforts through our transport program. Although AAA realizes that the transport program alone cannot be THE answer to achieving and maintaining no kill in our community, it is one of the largest components of the strategic approach needed to do so. Therefore, at this time, we are focusing the majority of our resources on our transport program.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Acadiana Animal Aid

Board of directors
as of 7/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Kyle Kellner

Singleton, Kellner, Bolding, Avant & Associates, LLC

Term: 2018 -


Board co-chair

Sandy Giles

Giles Automotive

Term: 2017 -

Rebecca Kirk

Diane Sorola Law Firm

Lauren Poche

NEI

Bob Giles

Giles Automotive

Sandy Giles

Giles Automotive

Gilbert Decourt

Cajundome

Emily Hamner

Pinhook Foundation

Chris Welty

KATC

Christie Dunn

Wright, Moore, Dehart, Dupuis & Hutchinson

Liz Hebert

Lafayette City Council

Jimmy Guidry

Hub City Diner

Kyle Kellner

SKBAA

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes