UPDATE: State Audit – Natchitoches Parish made the list – Land for New Center has been donated


After several years of searching for land to build a new pet adoption center and animal shelter, long-time residents Sam and Edwina Friedman have come forward to donate 6 acres on the Hwy. 1 Bypass.

If you speak or see Sam or Edwina, please express your deepest appreciation to them for improving our Parish.


6 acres-Hwy 1 & Hwy 1 Bypass


Legislative Animal Welfare Audit

Natchitoches Parish Needs New Animal Shelter

A performance audit evaluated the state of Louisiana’s role in animal welfare and control activities. Overall, the state should expand and strengthen its role to better ensure the humane treatment of animals in different types of facilities.

Natchitoches Parish was used as an example of animal cruelty as part of the introduction to the audit. Louisiana state law requires each parish to provide suitable shelters or facilities for dogs seized.

In Natchitoches Parish, the two main animal welfare organizations, Hope for Paws and The Natchitoches Humane Society, are joining forces for a worthy cause – the building of a pet adoption center and animal shelter. The new organization will be called FAUNA (Friends All United Natchitoches Animals).

This new organization will need the support of the Natchitoches Parish Government and the City of Natchitoches. It will also need a land donation for the construction of a new shelter, which the NPJ has learned is already in progress. It’s also time for citizens to reach into their pockets to help make this project a reality.


Legislative Animal Welfare Audit (5/5/21)