LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette Animal Shelter says they've become over overcrowded with cats and dogs. In an effort to clear up some space they've started waving their adoption fees.
Lafayette Animal Shelter and Care Center put out an urgent notice calling it a life or death crisis. The shelter took in 61 animals this week when typically they would take in 80 in a week.
The shelters supervisor Shelley Delahoussaye says the recent influx of animals is why the shelter is having a free adoption event.
"The only way that we can think to get them out alive is to actually just wave the fees. It's amazing to us because our adoption fee is on $35 for a dog and $25 for a cat." said Delahoussaye
Right now 15 of the 61 animals have found a new home which puts the shelter just under it's capacity limit. However Monday is just around the corner which is when the shelter gets majority of it's animals. Those animals may be owners, surrenders or a stray.
"We still do have to euthanize for space if we are inundated with animals. If they just keep bringing them in then there's only so many adopters that can go out and so as a municipal we have to take everything that comes through the front door." said Delahoussaye
Coming through the front door was Jason Sellers who came from Abbeville to add a cat to his family.
"My entire life I've loved cats and dogs. You know these animals, it's unfortunate that they get abandoned like that and I don't know. I just think it's great that we can do our part to bring one of them home." said Sellers
The animal shelter says they are 90% no kill but for the animals who can't find a family like the Sellers the shelter will be forced to euthanize them.
If you would like to adopt an animal Delahoussaye says the animals have already been spayed, neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. If you have questions, comments or concerns you can call the shelter at (337)-291-5644.