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 adoptive homes. For 48 years, AAA has played a vital role in saving animals from impoverished, resource-deprived communities. We transfer in pets at risk of euthanasia from municipal shelters throughout the state, provide veterinary and daily care, and create pathways to their futures. AAA is known locally and nationally for its 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 2022, 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.

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.

2022 By the Numbers:

0 Shelter Pets Saved
0 Adoptions
0 Transported
0 Out-of-State Transports
0 Foster Families
0 Pets in Foster Homes
That′s 54% of all pets!

Board Members

Kyle Kellner


Sandy Giles

Vice President

Emily Hamner


Bob Giles

Jimmy Guidry

Melanie Landry

Carl Rachal

Alex Stuller

Meet The Team!

Jamie Clark

Shelter Operations Director

Dr. Katie Crabbe


Dr. Liz Van Bebber


Tori Teer

Shelter Operations Assistant Director

Heidi Paterson

Development Manager

Savannah Arnaud

Canine Care Manager

Angela Cormier

Feline Care Manager

Simone Bordelon

Adoption/Behavior Coordinator

Megan Emmer

Adoption Coordinator

Taylor Fontenot

Adoption Coordinator

Kaylee Aucoin

Adoption Coordinator

Krista DeGuelle

Foster & Community Outreach Coordinator

Katie Howerton

Foster Coordinator

Raymie Landry

Vet Tech

Debi Johnson

Vet Tech

Elizabeth Cole

Volunteer Coordinator

Ellen Plonsky

Administrative Assistant

Kim Gates

Facilities Manager

Morgan Parris

Lead Caretaker

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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.

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