By keeping dogs on a leash and staying on designated trails, contact with coyotes can generally be avoided. You should always supervise your dog closely in areas where coyotes are present, even your backyard. Coyotes are not afraid of your dog, but they are afraid of you. If a coyote approaches your dog, scare it away by flaring your arms, yelling or throwing something at it.
If you may have coyotes on your property or in your neighborhood, follow these tips:
Do not feed coyotes. Problems occur when people begin feeding coyotes, either deliberately or inadvertently.
Garbage must be stored in secure containers. Do not put meat scraps in compost heaps. Also do not put the trash out at NIGHT, especially in the spring. Adults will be more territorial since they have their young.
Remove outside pet food containers. Coyotes will prey upon small mammals attracted to pet food.
If you have fruit trees, pick up the fallen fruit as they eat this too.
If you have bird feeders, place them up high as they have seeds which attracts coyotes and rodents. As mentioned before coyotes are very fond of small mammals and will be attracted by them as well.
Keep pets indoors or keep a watchful eye on them. Walk dogs on a leash, especially at night.
Do not leave small children outside unattended.
Encourage your neighbors to follow the same advice.
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What is Tether?
A tether is a cord that anchors something movable to a stationary point. There are a number of applications for tethers, but the primary use is limiting the movement of animals.
Click here to see a diagram of Tether or Trolley System.
What do I do if I lost my pet?
Losing a pet can be very stressful on a family. If you have lost a loved one, please follow these important steps:
1. Post an alert in as many neighborhood places and the Calcasieu Animal Shelter Bulletin Board with the following information:
Describe the Pet-
Explain all of the characteristics of the pet. If it has a spot on its right front paw, mention this.
Give the pet's name - What is the pet's name? Does it answer to a certain call?
Cover the "3 W's" - Give the What, Where and When you think the pet went missing.
2. E-Mail the Calcasieu Parish Animal Services Department here to notify the staff that your pet is missing.
3. Viewlost pets here to see if Calcasieu Animal Services has already located your pet.
Finding a missing pet requires a lot of time and energy. But don't give up; You would be surprised at how many pets are reunited with their owners!
Is there a leash law on cats? I don't want my neighbor's cats on my property.
There are no leash laws on cats. The first thing we advise complainants to do is to speak to the owner of the cat. Usually the cat owner is unaware their pet is even causing a problem. If that doesn't work you can purchase a humane box trap to trap the nuisance animals. Once an animal is trapped, you must call the shelter immediately to have the animal removed. You can also bring the animal in the trap to the shelter and we can remove it for you. Trapping cats is not a guaranteed solution to the neighbor's cat - the owners can come and redeem their cat at the shelter.
My neighbor's chickens are destroying my garden. Is there anything that can be done outside the city?
Unfortunately, there are no coop laws on chickens or other fowl. Animal Services can only enforce ordinances that are passed by the Police Jury. Several ordinances were proposed by Animal Services in 1997. The matter was deferred to the Advisory Committee, and a public meeting was held in January 1998. Five speakers showed up to speak, and all were opposed to having to keep their chickens cooped. The committee recognized there was no intention by Animal Services to require putting all chickens in coops. However, since there is no specific law on chickens in the Parish like in the municipalities, nothing can be done to assist citizens experiencing these types of problems. It basically becomes a civil matter.
Is there a service to get my pet spayed for a reduced cost?
Calcasieu Parish Animal Services and Adoption Center has a voucher program to have pets altered for a reduced cost for Calcasieu residents. Any household that receives any type of public assistance can get a voucher. Simply bring proof of the assistance and your drivers license to the shelter during regular business hours and fill out a very brief application. The staff will then issue a voucher for each pet you have, along with an appointment at a local veterinarian. The cost is $10 for each cat and $20 for each dog.
All pets must be current on their Rabies Vaccination and licensing. If the animal is not current, you will be required to get your pet up-to-date. Most veterinarians will allow you to pay for and get the pet updated while it's at the clinic for surgery. If your pet is already current, please bring that information with you when you fill out the application so the staff can include it on the voucher.
People that need assistance outside of Calcasieu can get assistance from SPAY USA by calling 1-800-248-SPAY (1-800-248-7729)
What can I do about stray cats destroying my landscaping?
Parish and City Ordinances have laws to protect you and your property. If you know who owns the cat, you can fill out a witness statement with the exact date you saw the animal damage your property. We must have a statement from you and one other neighbor that have seen the animal damage property. Once those are received, an officer can issue citations. Please understand this is not going to be an overnight solution, and if the owner of the animal decides to contest the citation, you and the second witness will be required to go to court to testify.
If there is no known owner of the cat, you can purchase a have Humane Box Trap and trap it. Each time a cat is caught in the trap, call us and we will remove it or you can bring the trapped cat into our facility.
These same steps can be taken for:
Neighbors letting dogs run loose, digging or destroying property