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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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New Manager Tapped To Lead Lafourche Animal Shelter

New Manager Tapped To Lead Lafourche Animal Shelter

When searching for a new manager to run the Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter in Thibodaux, Deputy Director of Community Services Reggie Bagala didn’t have to look far to find the right fit.

According to Bagala, Hilary Knight of Lockport impressed him with her “experience along with great ideas and overall direction she wants to take the shelter in.”

The Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter has continued to make positive strides in the last few months thanks to renovations, worming and vaccinating on intake, the spay and neuter program, pet adoptions and a commitment to bringing down euthanasia rates.

Knight, who graduated from LSU in May with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, has spent more than two years working as both a veterinary assistant at an animal hospital and pet adoption counselor for Companion Animal Alliance, which oversees the management of the Animal Control shelter in Baton Rouge.

Knight said she’s anxious to embrace whatever challenges await her at the shelter with a good attitude and a sincere desire to make things better.

“I hope to use my past experience to help LPAS increase positive outcomes for the animals of this parish. I am looking forward to working with the many placement partners already involved at the shelter as well as hopefully meeting more in the future. I am also eager to increase public adoptions by introducing offsite venues, increasing public awareness of the shelter, and making the shelter a positive experience for Lafourche Parish adopters,” she said.

With Knight in place, Bagala feels comfortable about where things stand at the shelter.

“Hilary and her staff are committed to giving our citizens the very best shelter services possible,” Bagala added.

For more information about the Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter or to find out how you can adopt or foster a pet, click on the Animal Shelter link at or call (985) 446-3532.

Newly named Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter Manager Hilary Knight stands outside the shelter in Thibodaux.