A town hall meeting has been scheduled for next Wednesday, February 24 for all residents who are interested in lowering the number of animals that are euthanized in our community.

Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux says the public event will be held at the Picard Center for Child Development at 200 E. Devalcourt Street at 6 p.m. next Wednesday.

Robideaux decided on this meeting to get public input after publicly giving his commitment last month to making a "no-kill" shelter a reality for the Lafyaette Parish Animal Control Center.

Robideaux says,

"This Town Hall is an opportunity to collaborate with a successful organization that has aided communities across the country, like Lafayette, achieve a no-kill goal. Representatives from Target Zero will help Lafayette Consolidated Government staff, volunteers and local animal advocate groups understand the next steps in working together for this common goal. The response in support of the no-kill goal has been tremendous. I have no doubt we will be successful in our efforts with the entire community behind us."

Robideaux says his goal is to have a no-kill shelter no later that 2020.  Part of the plan is coming together as a new 20,000 square foot animal shelter is slated to be built in Lafayette Parish.

The current 6,000 square foot facility can't handle the amount of pets that are housed at the shelter.

At the meeting, experts from the group Target Zero will be speaking about how their organizations have helped others across our country to become no-kill shelters.

More information about the town hall meeting can be found at www.lafayettela.gov.  You can even use that address to RSVP for the meeting.

More on the help provided my Target Zero can be found at www.target-zero.org.