Laughing Dog Ranch was established in 2001 and became a 5013c non-profit in 2015. The Ranch’s creation was in response to the extremely large number of stray and abandoned animals in Louisiana, as well as, the severe disease rates among animals and an uneducated populace regarding the emotional needs of pets. Our local Animal Control for this parish alone puts down 400-800 animals each month.
LDR is now located in North Caddo parish, which is extremely rural and economically disadvantaged. It is rare that families spay, neuter or vaccinate their pets; most pets being kept solely outside and dogs are mostly “tied” up without shelter. This leaves animals vulnerable to insect baring disease and predator injury and death.
Disease is rampant in the area and creates a difficult situation for us, as care is so expensive here. Most adult animals are not healthy enough to be accepted into a shelter in another state, so we have been trying to move all puppies out of state as soon as they can be vetted. We have found most all adult dogs are heartworm positive and come in with large worm loads and very poor health. It can take a year of care to get an adult dog healthy enough for adoption. Adult cats are usually feral and positive for several diseases that would not allow for them to be adopted OR moved out of state.
Our emphasis on getting puppies and kittens placed out of state address the need to get them vetted and out of poor living conditions before they become critically ill.
We now wish to expand our program to working with individual household to make sure all pets are spayed and neutered. To this end we wish to develop a spay and neuter assistance program. We feel this will prevent the dumping of pregnant animals and/or their litters.
We work with the community to get dogs off chains and to the vet, often paying the bill ourselves. We try and provide shelter to any dog without it and often provide food for hungry animals.
We feed several feral colonies, in which all the cats have been spayed/neutered and have had a rabies shot. We feed daily and provide shelter for the winter and rainy months. After their first visit to the vet, it is rare that a feral cat will get any other care, but we do our best to keep them safe and fed.
We are trying to work with farmers to create a Barn Cat program, where we provide all medical needs and the farmers make the commitment to feed their barn cats daily.