Should the Caddo Parish Animal Shelter be privatized? Study examines options


A newly complete study examines if the Caddo Parish Animal Shelter can be privatized.

A nine-page feasibility study looks into public-private partnership options for the Caddo Parish Animal Shelter.

It’s authored by LSU Faculty members at the request of the parish commission, examining if the parish can benefit from contracting with a third-party. 

It says such a partnership was successful in Baton Rouge, under certain conditions. It details Animal Services budget for 2016, was $2.1-million.

71-percent goes to employee salaries and benefits and the average pay is $38-thousand. 

Of the total budget, $600-thousand is dedicated to Animal Shelter Operations.

In 2015, the shelter adopted or rescued 1,368 animals and euthanized 4,429. They euthanized 73-percent of the intakes, but that number decreased in 2017, with a new rate of 49-percent. 

The study basically says a partnership can be done and it’s common around the state. Benefits include, non-profits ability to fundraise, unlike the parish government. But says conflicts between the partners and parish could arise. The key to success will rely on the public support for donations. 

The Animal Services Committee will meet this Thursday at Government Plaza at 2 p.m. They will discuss the study and answer public questions.

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