Who we are

The Louisiana Animal Control Advisory Task Force (LACATF) supports local and municipal animal control enforcement efforts while promoting proper treatment and well-being of dogs and cats.


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Animal Shelter Registry

The LACATF maintains a voluntary animal shelter registry enabling the task force to carry out its duties. All public animal shelters owned, operated, or designated for the purpose of impoundment of animals by any parish, municipality or other subdivision of the state, may register their agency/shelter.

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Shelter Inspection Program

The LACATC Shelter Inspection Program is a comprehensive agency/shelter program that provides recommendations to animal control agencies on how to provide a high quality, effective agency/shelter to the communities they serve.

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Welcome to LACATF

The Louisiana Animal Control Advisory Task Force members are appointed by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner and functions within the LDAF. The task force is comprised of seven members and represent a diverse group of professionals who are considered leaders in their professions and communities. Each member brings a unique level of expertise, knowledge, and experience to help advance the work of the task force. This group of distinguished professionals has an unwavering commitment to improving the state’s public animal shelters and is devoted to accomplishing their mission of improving animal welfare in the state of Louisiana.

Our Goals


  • Local parish governments on state animal laws, policies, and regulations to improve local animal control agencies/shelters.
  • Sterilization laws & resources, compliance with registration/licensing laws, and rabies laws.
  • On the importance of reporting animal cruelty.
  • Animal control agencies on effective standard practices to help develop and advance the work of agencies.


  • Local and municipal animal control enforcement efforts.
  • Law enforcement agencies in the investigation & prosecution on animal cruelty cases.
  • Training and education. 
  • Non-profit humane organizations & animal welfare groups.


  • Make recommendations to local governing authorities to improve facilities and operations of animal control agencies.
  • Develop shelter improvement plans that focus on humane efforts, leadership, community programs & outreach, education, and adoption. 
  • Formulate and implement proposals to address pet overpopulation.


  • Proper agency funding and support.
  • Proper care and treatment of animals.
  • Animal welfare legislation 
  • Proper training of animal control officers
  • Partnerships with the veterinarian community
  • Spay and neuter education and outreach

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