The Iberia Parish Rabies and Animal Control facility operates the Animal Shelter located at 2017 Seaway Access Road. The shelter is open for intake/animal drop off from 7:00 am-10:00 am Monday through Friday. Animal adoptions from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday through Friday. Owner reclaim hours 7:00 am through 3:30 pm Monday through Friday.
The Iberia Parish Rabies and Animal Control Department’s main purpose is to provide a public health program to ensure rabies vaccination and registration for all dogs and cats residing in Iberia Parish. The program includes enforcing the rabies and leash law ordinances, inclusive of animal quarantine and observation due to animal bites.
The shelter also houses unwanted and stray animals picked up by animal wardens, or dropped off at the shelter by citizens.
The shelter has an adoption program which consists of a variety of cats and dogs. All animals are required to be spayed/neutered and rabies vaccinated prior to adoption. Dog adoption fee is $80, Cat adoption fee is $50. Therefore, a money order only is requested at the time of adoption. The fee provides the animal with the spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, routine vaccination, and microchip.
The shelter also has feral/community outdoor only cats available free of charge. They are all vaccinated and spayed/neutered. These cats make great barn/outdoor cats and work well as pest control.
If your pet is impounded the following fees are assessed;
Reclaim fee is $15 the first day and $5 each additional day if the animal is up to date with Rabies Vaccination,
$35 the first day and $5 each additional day if the animal is not current with Rabies Vaccination, Includes a voucher to receive a rabies vaccination.
Iberia Parish Rabies Control works with approved 501c3 non-profit rescue organizations, and does have a pull fee as followed;
Rabies Control is a vital part of the community, therefore if an animal is quarantined at the parish animal shelter the following fee is assessed for the boarding and care of your animals;
Bite Quarantine fee is $70 for 10 days and $5 each additional day
$80 for 10 days if the owner requests the intake vaccinations and $5 each additional day.
These fees are based off of the Iberia Parish Ordinances impound fee of up to $15 dollars per day the animal is at the shelter and are subject to change.
The Facility does not accept monetary donations, but any physical items may be dropped off at 2017 Seaway Access Rd. New Iberia, La 70560. Please note any donation with a donor assessed or receipt value of over $1000 must be sent to council for approval prior to shelter acceptance.
Animal Frequently Asked Questions:
Where is the shelter located?
It’s located at 2017 Seaway Access Road, between the Acadiana Regional Airport and Hwy. 90, near the Iberia Parish Correctional Facility.
What should I do if my pet is missing?
Contact the Animal Control office as soon as possible at 364-6311. All animals brought to the shelter are legally kept a minimum of 5 days after being picked up.
How do I adopt a pet from the shelter?
It’s easy. Just come by the shelter Monday through Friday excluding holidays from 1pm-4:00 pm and select the animal you would like to take home. The adoption is free, but state law mandates that all animals selected for adoption be spayed or neutered and we give 2 intake vaccinations. There is a $50 fee for spaying/neutering and a $20 fee for rabies vaccination, and a $10 fee for intake vaccinations. Upon payment by money order only, you will be given certificates to have your new pet vaccinated and spayed or neutered at a local veterinarian of your choice. The shelter does not accept cash or credit cards: money orders only.
What should I do if a wild animal like a raccoon or opossum is causing a nuisance in my yard?
If you can, try to trap the animal and call the facility to arrange to have it picked up or you may bring it to the facility in the trap.
What kind of selection of dogs and cats do you have in the shelter right now?
That all depends on which animals have been picked up recently. Normally, we have a wide selection of cats and dogs that need a good home.
How long do you keep an animal in the shelter before it is euthanized?
By parish ordinance, we are required to keep an animal a minimum of 5 days. We try to keep all animals as long as possible, but have limitations due to space requirements.
How much does it cost to adopt animal?
Adoption is $80, as state law mandates that all animals selected for adoption be spayed or neutered, and vaccinated for rabies. The fee for spaying and neutering is $50, $20 for the vaccination, and $10 for the intake vaccinations. The intake vaccinations are the only procedures done at the facility, the other procedures are not performed at the shelter: you will be given vouchers to have your new pet spayed or neutered and rabies vaccinated at one of the local veterinarians. The shelter does not accept cash or credit cards: money orders only.
Why do I have to get my adopted animal spayed or neutered?
In an effort to keep the pet population under control, state law mandates that all animals selected for adoption from an animal shelter be spayed or neutered.
What should I do if I have a problem with a nuisance animal after hours, or witness acts of animal cruelty?
For both items, contact the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office at 369-3711. They will assess the situation and determine if the animal control officer on duty needs to be called to the scene.
What should I do if I have trapped a stray cat or dog on my property?
The animal shelter is equipped with several drop-off kennels where animals can be placed after hours. Just come to our office and drop off the dog or cat, fill out the surrender form if it is your pet that you can no longer care for, and our staff will bring the animal into the shelter the following morning.
Do I have to pay a fine to pick up my cat or dog that was brought to the shelter by an animal control officer?
Yes, We are holding pet owner accountable for their pets. If you have no proof that the animal has been vaccinated for rabies, by law you will be required to pay a $35 impound fee for the first day and $5 each additional day the animal is in our care, and a vaccination voucher will be given for you to take your pet to the vet to receive the vaccination. If you do have proof, you will be required to pay an impound fee of $15 the first day and $5 each additional day the animal is in our care. We encourage you to bring the voucher and the animal to a local participating veterinarian to get vaccinated immediately, as you have a maximum of 3 days to have the animal vaccinated after release.