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Locals set out to change the face of animal welfare in Natchitoches Parish

FAUNA (Friends All United for Natchitoches Animals) today announces that Edwina and Sam Friedman have donated six acres of land on Highway 1 Bypass to be used for the construction of a city and parish pet adoption and community center. This marks the first milestone for FAUNA’s mission to improve animal welfare for the city and parish of Natchitoches.

The Friedmans have a long history of providing homes to countless rescue animals, and they have actively supported Natchitoches Hope for Paws and Natchitoches Humane Society for more than two decades. They endorse the two organizations uniting to form FAUNA with the goal of providing a clean, safe, humane environment for animals to be housed until they can be adopted.

Louisiana ranks 6th in the nation for shelter deaths according to 2021 data released by Best Friends Animal Society, a leading 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization. One of FAUNA’s objectives is to move Natchitoches from a 55% kill rate to a no or low kill rate. This is accomplished through education, robust spay/neuter programs, and increased adoption/foster opportunities, all of which will be operating components of the new pet adoption and community center. The Friedmans’ benevolence will leave a legacy of compassion and have an impact on the community for generations.

This news comes in the wake of other related recent events:

● The 2021 release of The Louisiana Legislative Audit on Louisiana’s Role in Animal Welfare and Control Activities
● A community animal welfare forum held for residents earlier this year
● A move to consolidate two local animal welfare organizations, Natchitoches Humane Society and Natchitoches Hope for Paws, into FAUNA, a united entity working to improve the lives of animals.

About FAUNA:
FAUNA is an organization that connects local and state officials, volunteers, and advocates with the tools and services they need to promote positive outcomes for animal welfare. From securing shelter for animals in need to educating citizens and elected officials on proper animal care and law enforcement, FAUNA works to ensure harmony between residents and animals in the community.