The Louisiana Animal Control Association was organized in 1979 as the
Louisiana Animal Control Director's Association. In 1987, that
association was reorganized to open membership to animal control personnel,
and chartered under The Louisiana Animal Control Association (LACA).
The purposes of LACA include promoting improvement of methods and standards
of the true nature and the importance of the work performed by animal
control organizations, to cooperate with other public agencies dealing in
animal control and to promote justice and equality in the enforcement
of animal control laws.
LACA consists of Regular (individual), Associate (organizational),
Honorary, and Cooperating (humane organizations, animal advocacy groups and
individuals) Memberships. Fees assessed, voting privileges and other
requirements of the membership are delineated in the LACA By-Laws and are
vested in the Board of board members.
LACA is a nonprofit entity which receives no municipal, state, or federal
funding. Monies used to conduct association business is obtained
through membership dues, bequests, fees for service, etc. Occasionally, LACA may receive grants or funds derived from sponsored
workshops. LACA also provides a scholarship fund, which is known as the LAURA LANZA
SCHOLARSHIP FUND. Memorials and donations are accepted for this
LACA is open to any adult individual or any organization actively working
in or affiliated with animal control work, without regard to race, creed,
religion, gender or national origin. The tenet of LACA is not to issue
mandates, but work in harmony with agencies throughout the state to promote
professionalism and improve the animal control profession.
LACA is a supporter of local option and presents these policies in that
perspective. We ask only that they be given serious thought. Adherence to these policies is not a requirement of membership, but they are
presented as worthwhile ideas or concepts to consider and hopefully strive