At PAWS of NE Louisiana our mission...

is to reduce and aid the population of unwanted and lost companion animals in our community and to support and encourage the positive interaction between pets and people.

PAWS of NE Louisiana, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that has been serving the Northeast Louisiana area since 2003. It was founded by local residents who realized the problems that our community faced regarding animal welfare would not go away without intervention and education.

We are an all-volunteer organization that is guided by a volunteer board of directors. We do not have a physical location, we do not have paid employees, and we are not a shelter. PAWS is not a branch or division of any national agency. We do not receive tax funding. Our sources of funding are fundraisers and donations and grants from individuals and organizations. Since its inception, PAWS has grown and flourished thanks to our volunteers, members, and supporters.

PAWS provides services to our community through our many Programs: Spay/Neuter Assistance, Shelter Animal Rescue, Tag Your Pet, and Pet Therapy/Humane Education. Please click on the specific pages for each Program to learn more.

Since inception, PAWS has saved many hundreds of animals through rescue and hosting offsite adoption days. Thousands of pets have been spayed or neutered to end the cycle of unwanted puppies and kittens.

PAWS has had the honor of being elected Delta Magazine’s Best of the Delta Non-Profit Organization years 2012-2018. July of 2018, PAWS was recognized by the Better Business Bureau, serving Northeast and Central Louisiana and the Ark-LA-Tex, with the Torch Award for Non-Profits.

The annual Krewe of PAWS Mardi Gras Pet Parade fundraiser began in 2007 where scenic Downtown West Monroe hosts the family and pet friendly Parade. Every year, the parade has grown despite the cold temperatures in January or February. Many families and organizations dress up along with their pets to participate in contests and walk the only Mardi Gras pet parade in northeast Louisiana.

You can join PAWS in our efforts by donating, becoming a member or by volunteering. If you'd like more information or to volunteer, you can email us at


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Mardi Gras Pet Parade