Livingston Parish Animal Shelter
Office Hours Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Contacts:

Sam Digirolamo

Director
sdigirolamo@lpgov.com

Desiree Green

Shelter Administrator
dgreen@lpgov.com

Animal Shelter Phone

(225) 686-7798

The Livingston Parish Animal Shelter is located at 13525 Hwy 190, Livingston, LA, next to the parish fairgrounds. The shelter is open to the public Monday through Thursdays and Saturdays from 10: 00 AM to 4:00 PM and is closed on Fridays and Sundays and all major holidays. If the gates are closed during business hours, call (225) 686-7798. The shelter has a small staff and spends most of the day out of the office with the dogs so there is a high probability the answering machine will pick up during business hours. Please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

The shelter responds only to dog complaints and is dispatched from the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Department or other local authorities involving vicious dogs, bite cases, dogs with life threatening injuries or those that have injuries that impose health endangerment to the public. The shelter does not pick up strays in the parish, does not allow drop offs or owner surrenders and responds to cruelty and/or abandonment cases only when resulting in citations written to known owner(s).

All animal complaints must be reported to the Livingston Parish Sherriff’s Office (225) 686-2241.

If you reside inside of the city limits of Walker or Denham Springs, please contact their animal control facilities. If you own an animal that requires medical attention or requires euthanasia, please contact your local veterinarian.

Refer to the FAQ’s list and animal laws for answers to the most commonly asked questions.

PROCEDURE:

After receiving a complaint, LPSO or other local authorities will be dispatched to assess and verify that the complaint falls under the shelter’s Policies and Procedures. Upon a determination that the call is warranted under shelter requirements, LPSO will contact the shelter to dispatch an employee.

At the shelter, dogs are scanned for microchip, vaccinated, wormed, treated for minor injuries, watered and fed. The first goal for the shelter is to find the rightful owner(s). If you’ve lost a dog or are looking to adopt a forever friend, check Livingston Parish Animal Shelter on Facebook where photos are posted.

After a (5) five day hold and no response from an owner, the dog(s) will be evaluated by shelter employees and posted for adoption to a good home. The shelter checks to see that all dogs are spayed or neutered prior to adoption. Most of the dogs that are picked up are obedient and loving dogs that deserve a second chance.

The adoption fee is $60.00. Micro chipping is available as an option for an additional small fee at time of adoption. We only accept cash.

WHY MICROCHIP? Microchips have been found to be an invaluable tool for re-uniting lost pets with their owners. Dog collars and tags tend to get lost, misplaced or removed. Many veterinarians, rescue groups and other animal facilities have scanners to check for microchips. If an owner(s) has current information registered with their chip company, they are only a phone call away from being reunited with their lost pet.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. We welcome volunteers willing to spend time with the dogs and share their love with our little boys and girls. Volunteers must be 18 or older. Younger volunteers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

KUDOS. The Livingston Parish Animal Shelter receives an enormous amount of help from individuals and agencies that donate supplies, materials and time as well as rescue organizations that make room when it is desperately needed. Thank you, also, to Dodge City Veterinary Hospital in Denham Springs for their invaluable veterinarian services.
PLEASE BE RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERS:
Keep your pets enclosed, up to date on annual vaccines, and always spay and neuter. There are usually a few low-cost vaccination clinics and low cost spay/neuter programs throughout the Parish through private rescues or organizations available who can be found on Facebook, we always recommend annual visits to your veterinarian.
PLEASE, PLEASE, EDUCATE YOURSELF:
Heartworms are very preventable. Heartworm treatment is very possible. Heartworm related death can be premature and horrific.
In Louisiana, EVERY dog at ANY time, if not on a heartworm preventative, almost definitely WILL contract heartworms from mosquitos.
Intestinal worms, fleas, ticks, and other parasites are also preventable and harmful to your pets. Some are transferrable and harmful to humans as well.

WHAT TO DO?

BITE CASES: See Rabies and Quarantine Info

By state law, all bite cases to humans must be reported to local authorities or the animal shelter within twenty-four hours from the time of the bite. Also, by state law, with all bite cases to humans, dogs must be quarantined for a minimum of ten (10) days from the date of the bite for rabies observation within twenty-four (24) hours from the time of the bite.

Owners are allowed to quarantine at a veterinarian of their choice. Follow up will be made to see that dog has been quarantined. Our shelter is an option for quarantine on a pre-paid basis. Dogs must be picked up after their quarantine period from the shelter or this will be considered “abandonment” punishable under §2452 Abandoned Animals. If dogs do not have proof of other current vaccinations, charges will be added to daily board fees.
It is highly recommended that all bites to human and/or animal be seen by a physician / veterinarian as bite wounds, if not treated, possibly with antibiotic and tetanus, could lead to nasty infections or worse.
INJURED DOGS:
If you find a dog that has been injured, DO NOT attempt to move or pick the animal up. Injured animals will bite. The medical and vaccination status of a stray animal is unknown and a bite from a sick animal could be harmful as well as painful. Also, if you remove an injured animal from its location, the law determines that you have accepted responsibility and ownership of the animal, including medical care.

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