Welcome to Lafayette Animal Aid

a Louisiana Cat and Dog Rescue, Adoption Center and Sanctuary

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Carencro, LA 70520

 

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Things to consider BEFORE adopting a Cat
  Things to consider BEFORE adopting a Dog
  •  Are you prepared to make a commitment to the cat for its lifetime, typically around 15 years?
  • Is anyone in your household or any regular visitor allergic to cats?
  • Where will the Cat live and sleep?
  • Does your lifestyle complement having a cat or will he or she be along for extended periods every day?
  • Do you have some time to spend with your cat every day?
  • Who will be primarily responsible for the daily care, like feeding and cleaning
  • Who will be responsible for veterinary care?
  • Do you already have a Veterinarian?
  • Are you prepared for the monthly maintenance costs like food and litter?
  • Are you prepared for the annual Vet care costs?
  • Who will take care of the cat during your vacations?
  • What will happen to the cat if you situation changes, like a move, marriage, divorce or a new addition to your family?

 

 

 

 
  • Are you prepared to make a commitment to the Dog for its lifetime, anywhere between 8-16 years, depending on breed?
  • Is anyone in your household or any regular visitor allergic to dogs?
  • Is anyone afraid of Dogs, and how will you handle that?
  • Where will the Dog live and sleep?
  • Do you have a securely fenced in area for dog to run off leash?
  • Who will walk and train the dog?
  • Do you have time to spend with your Dog every day?
  • Who will be primarily responsible for the daily care, like feeding, cleaning, exercising and training?
  • Who will be responsible for veterinary care?
  • Do you already have a Veterinarian?
  • Are you prepared for the monthly maintenance costs like food and toys?
  • Are you prepared for the annual Vet care costs?
  • Who will take care of the Dog during your vacations?
  • What will happen to the dog if you situation changes, like a move, marriage, divorce or a new addition to your family

 

Finding the Right pet for you

Once you have decided that you want to adopt a cat or a dog, you need to find the best fit for your family.
Of course this is largely dependent on your tastes and likes, but also on your lifestyle:

You like to run? Best get a dog that can run with you
Have a quieter lifestyle? Consider a less active dog
Like grooming? Go for the locks
Don't like lots of grooming?  Think short hair
Enjoy a training Challenge? Try a more challenging breed
Not looking forward to housebreaking a puppy? Consider an adult


You can see some of our CATS and DOGS available for adoption here.
If you have any questions about any of our animals, you can Contact us  and we would be happy to assist you in finding the right pet for you

Bringing your new Cat home
Congratulations on your new Cat (or cats) - you can't wait to bring them home. But then what? Should you just simply open the carrier and let them loose in the house and hope for the best? Maybe not.
Here are a few tips:

Make sure breakable items are safely stored out of reach
Make sure all doors and windows are closed
Make sure Plants are out of reach of the cat
Have all supplies ready, like litter box, food, water and toys
Depending on the temperament of the cat, you should slowly introduce them to few rooms only - a shy cat will get overwhelmed by too many new sounds and smells and hide under the nearest bed.
Make sure they know where litter box,  water and food are
Give them time and space, some cats take some time to get used to their new surroundings.
Start your new feeding routine so they know what to expect.

Introductions
If you have another pet already, Introduce the new cat slowly.
Again depending on the temperament of your new and your "old" cat, you may want to confine one to the traveling carrier for a little while to give other cat the chance to - safely - check out the newcomer.

While unsupervised, keep them separated until you are sure they will not injure each other.

While we don't recommend letting your cat outside, and Lafayette Leash laws don't allow for your cat to roam free, if you have a safe outdoor space for the cat, make sure the cat knows his surroundings very well before he ventures outside, usually not in the first month. Make sure he wears identification at all times.
  Bringing your new Dog home
Congratulations on your new Dog! You finally got your new dog and you may be wondering how to make the introduction to your home and its house rules a smooth one.
Start by making sure your dog is not too excited when he enters your home and maybe take him for a little walk to spend some excess  energy.
Have all supplies setup like his bed, water and toys. Then give him a leash guided tour of his new home. Take him in the yard to let him sniff and encourage him to use the bathroom, if that is where he is supposed to use the bathroom.
Before you let him or her loose in the house, make sure all doors and windows are securely closed and  breakables are stored out of reach.
Start on your new routine of exercising, training and feeding so he learns how he is expected to behave.

Introductions
If you have another pet, introduce them slowly: If you already have a dog, make the introduction on neutral ground, so you "old" dog won't feel like he needs to defend his territory, take them on a walk together.
If you already have a cat, make sure the cat has room to move away from the dog, if desired. Maybe leave the dog in his crate for a few minutes so the cat can safely check out his new room mate.
Do not leave them together unsupervised until you are sure no one will get injured.







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