Plaquemines Parish Animal Control
The mission of Plaquemines Parish Animal Control is to protect the citizens of Plaquemines Parish from the dangers of diseased and nuisance animals; to legally protect animals from mistreatment; to enforce parish and state animal control laws; to educate our parish in responsible pet ownership; to provide temporary housing and care to homeless animals while coordinating possible adoptions through partner humane organizations.
PAWS staff partner with Plaquemines Animal Control Officers (ACO) to help deliver this mission by caring for the animals once they arrive at the shelter. ACO’s report directly to the Parish Health Department and provide the following services:
- Investigates animal bites.
- Pick up strays.
- Investigates nuisance complaints.
- Investigates calls of neglect and abuse.
What to do if you see a stray dog?
Request an Animal Control Officer at 504-393-0215.
Describe the dog by breed, size, and color.
Do not attempt to pick up the dog. The dog may be frightened or aggressive.
Animal Control picked up your dog or cat, how do you get her back?
An Animal Control Officer most likely picked up your pet because she was a stray or was involved in a bite case. Contact PAWS to insure we have your pet at 504-392-1601. In order to be reunited, you will have to show proof of ownership, proof of rabies certificate within the past 12 months, and pay a fee. The fee for first offense is $25.00, 2nd offense is $50.00, and 3rd offense is $100.00. Additional boarding fees are calculated at $15.00 per day. All fees must be paid and paperwork presented at the time of pick up. Review the Parish Municipal Code.
What to do if you suspect animal neglect or abuse?
If you suspect an animal with a lack of food, water, shelter, or medical attention, call the Health Department at 504-393-0215 or dial 911.
What to do if you see an injured dog or cat?
Call the Health Department at 504-393-0215. Describe the dog by breed, size, and color. Do not attempt to pick up the dog. The dog may be frightened or aggressive.
What to do if there is a bite case?
If you or anyone you know was involved with a bite case, cleanse the wound with soap and water. Further medical attention may be needed. Record the breed, size, and currently location of the animal. Call the Health Department to report the bite as soon as possible. The Animal Control Officer must pick up the animal and hold the animal for 10 days, which is required by state law. A record of the animal’s rabies vaccination record is also needed.
What to do if you either see or become suspicious of dog or cock fighting?
Both dog and cock fighting are illegal in the state of Louisiana. Call the Health Department at 504-393-0215 or call 911.
What to do if you no longer want your pet?
There may be a variety of reasons you can no longer care for your pet. Some may include finances, animal behavior, or lack of time. This can be a very difficult decision. Consider strongly before calling Animal Control. Never release or dump your pet elsewhere. They may be involved in a traffic accident, become prey for wildlife, or become a nuisance to your neighbor. A stray dog or cat that is not spayed or neuter will cause an unbelievable increase in stray overpopulation.
Box trap rentals:
Box traps for dogs and cats are available for rental.
- Dog Traps are $25.00 per day
- Cat Traps are $15.00 per day
If you have an animal in the trap, call the Health Department at 504-393-0215 and an Animal Control Officer will retrieve the animal and trap. Traps must not be set on Fridays or any day before a holiday. Animal Control Officers will not be on patrol on holidays or weekends.
Do not feed wild animals!
Plaquemines Parish is rich in wildlife, so it’s tempting to interact with wild animals such as raccoons, coyotes, armadillos, and opossums. However, feeding wildlife can attract other animals which should not be encountered. Wild animals are known to carry disease and in many circumstances, are a nuisance.
What to do if I hear or see coyotes:
Coyotes certainly exist in Plaquemines Parish. By nature, coyotes are shy of people and will avoid any contact. However, coyotes will hunt for food and they target insects and smaller animals. Pet owners must keep their pets confined. All owners should also maintain their properties by keeping high grass and weeds to a minimum. Food bowls intended for dogs and cats should be removed during non-feeding times. Do not leave food out in the open during the night. Garbage cans must have tight fitting lids to deter all animals. If encountered, it’s best to haze (scare) the coyotes away. Hazing involves the use of noise makers (banging pots together, for example) and making eye contact with the coyote. Continue with making noise until the coyote is no longer in view. Download the Coyote Brochure.
If evacuating in an emergency, what to do with your pet? Take them with you! Download the Pet Evacuation Brochure.
The PAWS – Animal Control Partnership
PAWS is contracted to manage the daily functions of Plaquemines Parish Animal Control. Below is information further explaining the working relationship between PAWS and Animal Control.
Animal Control remains a Plaquemines Parish Government Office.
PAWS is an independent non-profit, contracted by Plaquemines Parish to manage the animals housed at Animal Control. PAWS staff cleans the facility; can admit stray and surrendered animals as well as handle the return of stray animals to their owners; and assist community members with Animal Control related issues. Plaquemines Parish retains two Animal Control Officers who respond to calls for support placed through the Health Department (504-934-6690). PAWS and Animal Control share the building at 455 F. Edward Hebert Blvd. in Belle Chasse, LA. For more information on Animal Control, please visit the Plaquemines Parish Government website.
PAWS and Animal Control have separate functions.
PAWS is an animal shelter that houses animals looking for homes. We work with the community to adopt out animals into responsible homes, educate people about animal health and welfare issues, and provided services to the community through the PAWS Clinic. PAWS cannot accept stray or owner surrender animals directly into our care. All animals brought to PAWS will be admitted into Animal Control and be processed in accordance with Parish Ordinances. For more information on PAWS or the animals in our care, call 504-392-1601.
Animal Control is the hold facility for surrendered or found animals. After the animal goes through a 7-day hold period it is eligible to become a PAWS adoptable animal, pending a medical and behavior evaluation and available space at the facility.
Animal Control Contact Information
Address: 455 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse, LA 70037
Animal Control Officer Hours
8am – 3pm Monday thru Friday
(Animal Control staff is on-call during the weekends and holidays. Animal issues during those periods of time are handled by Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Department. Contact them at 504-564-2525 and an officer will be dispatched if deemed necessary.)
Animal Control Admission Hours
Sun Noon-3pm Mon 8am-3pm Tues-Sat 8am-6pm
All animal admissions are accepted from Plaquemines Parish. Neither Animal Control, nor PAWS, can admit animals from out of Plaquemines Parish. If you live in or find an animal in a surrounding parish, contact Animal Control for that parish directly.
Jefferson Parish: 504-736-6111
Orleans Parish: 504-368-5191
St. Bernard Parish: 504-278-1535
Terrebonne Parish: 985-873-6709
For more information on Animal Control, visit the Plaquemines Parish Government website, or call 504-934-6690.
Feral and Community Cats
Feral cats (also known as community cats) are domestic cats that thrive in every type of environment, urban, suburban and rural. Some of these cats are offspring of house cats that were never spayed or neutered.
The all-volunteer Plaquemines Cat Action Team (PCAT) is driven to help community cat populations in Plaquemines Parish through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) education, assistance and resources to the people of Plaquemines Parish.
TNR is the only effective approach for controlling community cats. PCAT will humanely trap, spay or neuter, vaccinate, eartip (the universal symbol of a spayed or neutered cat), and then returned the cat to their outdoor home. PCAT coordinates with PAWS to provide trapped cats that are socialized an opportunity for adoption into loving homes. The TNR process stabilizes the colony’s population — and, no more kittens! Trap-Neuter-Return improves their lives and their relations with the community: the behaviors and stresses associated with mating stop.
Additionally, according to Alley Cat Allies, “Scientific evidence indicates that removing feral cats and euthanizing them only opens up the habitat to an influx of new cats, either from neighboring territories or born from survivors. Each time cats are removed, the population will rebound through a natural phenomenon known as the ‘vacuum effect,’ drawing the community into a costly, endless cycle of trapping and killing.”
You can be part of the humane solution and start helping the community cats in Plaquemines Parish
- Volunteer for PCAT
- Contact PCAT (504-606-3116) if you see a stray or feral cat in Plaquemines that is not ear-tipped
- Donate dry cat food to PCAT
PCAT Contact Information
Learn more about feral and community cats at Alley Cat Allies.