LAWC receives much of its funding through the state’s income “Tax Check Off” program. The Louisiana Animal Welfare Fund was created for tax payers to “Donate on Line 7” a portion of their tax refund to support the work of the commission. Schedule D. Line 7. Or, donate online.
LAWC is committed to preventing and stopping animal cruelty in Louisiana. LAWC supports law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of animal cruelty cases. You may report cruelty anonymously through the LAWC Cruelty Reporting Program.
The LAWC Shelter Inspection Program is a comprehensive agency/shelter evaluation program that makes recommendations to animal control agencies on how to provide a high quality, effective agency/shelter to the communities they serve.
The Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission is a governor appointed commission that functions within the office of the governor. The commission is comprised of 14 members that are appointed by the governor and serve four year terms. The commission appointees represent a diverse group of professionals that are considered leaders in their professions and communities. Each member brings a unique level of expertise, knowledge, and experience to help advance the work of the commission. This group of distinguished professionals has an unwavering commitment to improving the state’s public animal shelters, is resolute in preventing and prosecuting cruelty, and devoted to accomplishing their mission of improving animal welfare in the state of Louisiana.
Members of the public and agencies/shelters can search a list of LAWC certified rescues across the state through our rescue certification program. This program is designed for private companion animal rescue organizations operating in the state of Louisiana only. These include all breed rescue organizations, specific breed rescue organizations, special needs rescue organizations, to name a few.Learn More
Beginning January 2017, you will have the ability to search for a certified animal rescue organization in your area! The COLAA & LAWC Certification Alliance is proud to offer the first-ever statewide Certified Animal Rescue Organization Program. This program is available to all animal rescue organizations & humane societies operating in the state of Louisiana.Search Now