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 fund.
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 to achieve.