Ribbon-Cutting Held At New Parish Animal Shelter

Though the official opening of the Washington Parish Animal Shelter won’t be until August 8 at 10 AM, Washington Parish President Richard N. Thomas, Jr., held a ribbon cutting and a tour of the facility on July 24. Local elected officials were given an opportunity to tour the facility and meet the new Animal Shelter Manager, Kelsey Knight.
President Thomas said, “After many hours of reviewing resumes, interviews and testing, Kelsey Knight stood out as the best applicant for the Manager of the Washington Parish Animal Shelter. We look forward to the great things that she will accomplish as manager and the volunteers who will work with her to fulfill the needs of the animal population in Washington Parish.”
The new shelter is located on YACC Road, just off of LA 10, east of Sheridan.
Ms. Knight presented and read to those assembled the Washington Parish Animal Shelter Mission Statement, which follows:
To promote a higher quality of life for our citizens and animals through education, advocacy and services. Saving homeless animals is not our only mission, but to help and protect the health of our community and the health of our wildlife population. New education programs will be offered from the Washington Parish Animal Shelter into our communities and schools promoting heathy practices and providing benefits to our community through low cost spay and neuter programs, vaccinations programs, micro-chip services and other programs. Volunteer programs will be a key factor to the success of such programs and currently there are many people in our community interested in participating at the shelter to promote good training behavior and knowledge on methods to better care for animals as well as procedures on vetting animals properly.
Here are the folks in the photo above:
1st row: Councilman Rusty Fornea, Donna Graham, Finance Director; Kelsey Knight, Animal Shelter Manager, Parish President Richard N. Thomas, Jr., Representative Malinda White, Penny C. Jones (Senator Mizell’s Office), Kay Grantham, Magnolia Chapter, Councilman Levi Lewis, and Rickie Beaver, Maintenance Supervisor
2nd row: Councilman Chris Workman, Karl Bickham, Jr., Enforcement Officer, Donnell Merritt, Transportation Manager, Tom Comeaux, Bridge Maintenance, Ken Wheat, Public Works Director, Sheriff Randy Seal, Clerk of Court Johnny Crain, Councilman Perry Talley, David Anthony and Kelvin Brown, Road Maintenance Crew.