Animal Shelter schedules Open House

The St. Landry Parish Animal Shelter in Opelousas has a special event planned Saturday, Nov. 8, in recognition of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week.

An open house from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. will include pet adoptions for $5,l tours of the shelter, an educational booth, an art station for kids to learn about animals, mirco-chipping (pre-owned animals must have proof of rabies vaccination) for $5.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is asking the citizens of St. Landry Parish to take a closer look at the valuable role their animal shelter plays in enhancing the quality of life in their community.

"St. Landry Parish Animal Shelter is proud to serve St. Landry Parish by providing our many services and programs," says Patricia Guillory. "But we can’t do it without the support of our community’s residents."

Animal shelters offer many services to assist animals and people alike: controlling dogs running at large, rescuing injured animals, returning lost pers to their owners, and adopting animals into new, loving homes. They also offer the personal guidance of their staffs to assist the public with animal-related issues and concerns, from dealing with wildlife to helping with pet-behavior questions.

How can you help St. Landry Parish Animal Shelter and other local shelters? There are many ways:

* Offer a donation of needed supplies

* Spread the word about the importance of responsible pet ownership, including spaying and neutering

* Volunteer your time at the shelter or at one of the shelter’s special events

* Report animal cruelty and neglect

* Choose your next pet from among the many animals being cared for at St. Landry Parish Animal

Shelter. They have plenty of animals just waiting for a home like yours.

"We invite everyone to join us. Take this opportunity to stop by St. Landry Parish Animal Shelter, visit the animals, and find out what you can do to help animals in need. Your involvement will go a long way toward helping the animals," says Patricia Guillory supervisor.

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