About Us


Members of the Louisiana Animal Control Advisory Task Force are appointed by the commissioner of agriculture and forestry and do not receive any compensation or reimbursement of expenses. Task force meetings are held annually at the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry in Baton Rouge.


LACATF is dedicated to serving the animals and citizens of Louisiana by ensuring the humane treatment and well being of animals. Our work is focused on improving animal control agencies and shelters, supporting law enforcement, promoting education, formulating solutions to address pet overpopulation, and supporting animal control agencies in their efforts to build strong relationships with the communities they serve.

Duties & Functions

  • Support local and municipal animal control enforcement efforts
  • Support law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of animal cruelty cases
  • Make recommendations concerning the care and keeping of animals
  • Coordinate a statewide voluntary pet database that will assist owners in recovering lost animals
  • Inspect public impoundment facility for the purpose of making recommendations to the appropriate governing authority for improvements to those facilities and their operations.
  • Formulate and implement proposals to deal with animal overpopulation.
  • Make recommendations for rules and regulations, which may be adopted by parish and local authorities for the proper care and treatment of animals
  • Request, in the form of a letter to the appropriate governing authority, an animal control agency, to produce records pertaining to animal intake, adoption, and euthanasia. 
  • Establish and maintain the Louisiana Animal Shelter Registry (R.S. 3:2366).

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