After 8 years, Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) will be ending their partnership with Plaquemines Parish Government.
The board announced this week that PAWS will not renew their management agreement with the Parish, which will come to an end this year.
PAWS Board members tell Parish officials the “financial burden” has exhausted the PAWS organization’s needs; as the shelter cannot keep up with demand in its current form.
Since 2011 PAWS and Animal Control have shared the same building and maintained separate management, directives and operating procedures.
Beginning January 2016, PAWS was awarded the contract to manage the operations in the entire building bringing animal control under PAWS responsibility. While the Animal Control Officers (ACOs) still report directly to the Plaquemines Parish Health Department, they work hand-in-hand with all of PAWS staff to ensure that every animal in PAWS care receives the same level of care and compassion.
The adoption need is clear. At this time, PAWS staff members are looking to place current animals in forever homes or other shelters in the New Orleans Metro-Area.
Board members said the decision to end the partnership was difficult. However, they’re looking to the future. PAWS Board President, Tammy Gagliano expressed, “I am proud of the work that the board and staff have done to help this community take better care of their pets and the services that PAWS has been able to offer. This decision is an incredibly difficult one to make but we have no other option as we can no longer operate financially. I am heartbroken for the animals and residents of Plaquemines Parish.”
PAWS is a non-profit organization that receives funding from the Parish Government. Over the years, PAWS has also received supplemental funding through private donations.
Plaquemines Parish Government is actively searching for an alternative operator to provide the same services as PAWS.