About Us

Our Organization

Acadiana Animal Aid (AAA) is the region’s leader in animal transport, adoption, and education. We provide a safe place to land for animals at risk of euthanasia before they take off to their forever homes. For 44 years, AAA has played a vital role in saving animals from impoverished, resource-deprived communities. We bring in pets from 5 primary municipal shelters, provide veterinary and daily care, and create pathways to their futures. AAA is known locally and nationally for our transport program, a lifesaving strategy to reduce the 40% euthanasia rate of shelter pets in Louisiana. Our commitment to saving our region’s pets runs deep – in 2020, we saved nearly 2,000 cats and dogs through local and out-of- state adoptions and transport.

Founded in 1974 & Chartered As A 501(C)3 Non-Profit Animal Welfare Organization

Acadiana Animal Aid is funded by donations, fundraisers, adoption and transport fees
and is governed by a Board of Directors.

Our Mission & Vision

Acadiana Animal Aid is dedicated to saving the lives of unwanted, stray and neglected companion animals with a focus on those most at risk of euthanasia at our local municipal shelter, and numerous other municipal shelters throughout the state. Overall, our biggest goal is to help achieve No Kill by the year 2020 here in Lafayette Parish.

We work daily to accomplish our vision in saving the lives of companion animals until they all have a home.

Guiding Principles

Acadiana Animal Aid is the largest local animal welfare organization in the area that is leading the way in inspiring a healthy community through compassion for animals.

We strive to not only rescue and find homes for these companion animals, but, also, to be an integral part of inspiring our community through education, volunteer, foster, transport and adoption programs. As a partner to the Pet Food Pantry, we strongly believe in serving as a resource for our community, which includes providing opportunities for them to be responsible, loving pet owners that have access to affordable care and nutrition.

2020 By the Numbers:

For the first-time ever, AAA broke 1,000 adoptions!

0 Shelter Pets Saved
0 Adoptions
0 Pets Transported to Out-Of-State Partners
0 Out-of-State Transports
0 Foster Families
0 Pets in Foster Homes

Board Members

Kyle Kellner


Sandy Giles

Vice President

Emily Hamner


Bob Giles

Jimmy Guidry

Liz Webb Hebert

Becky Kirk

Melanie Landry

Carl Rachal

Meet The Team!

Jeanine Foucher

Executive Director

Jamie Clark

Shelter Operations/Transport Director

Dr. Katie Crabbe


Dr. Liz Van Bebber


Heidi Paterson

Development Manager

Sophie Sanchez

Canine Care Coordinator

Tori Teer

Transport/Intake Coordinator

Brook Yant

Cat Care Coordinator

Savannah Arnaud

Adoption/Canine Behavior Coordinator

Taylor Fontenot

Adoption Coordinator

Pierce Clark

Vet Tech

Debi Johnson

Vet Tech

Angela Cormier

Vet Tech

Ellen Plonsky

Administrative Assistant

Kim Gates

Facilities Manager

Megan Emmer

Caretaker/PetSmart Adoption Coordinator

Morgan Parris


Ava Granger


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Acadiana Animal Aid rescued nearly 2,700 in 2019, with a 99% save rate. Companion animals remain available for adoption/transport as long as necessary and are never euthanized for space.

The save rate, calculated in accordance with the nationally recognized Shelter Animals Count Database Project, reflects the many options for pets that come to the shelter besides adoption, such as animal transfers and animals who are returned to their owner. Acadiana Animal Aid conducts daily and monthly physical inventories and spot audits, to ensure our data is accurate.

View Statistics:

SAC 2018  SAC 2019  SAC 2020