St. Charles Herald-Guide

Humane Society gala celebrates opening of animal shelter

Michelle Stuckey - February 10, 2012

The St. Charles Humane Society recently celebrated a milestone with donors and friends. The organization hosted an event in Luling to highlight the upcoming opening of the new St. Charles Animal Shelter next month.

Jackie Boudreaux, vice president of the society, said that she was beyond impressed at the turnout of about 100 people.

"We want to bring the community’s awareness up as to what the Humane Society does and what we’re doing currently," Boudreaux said. "We’re celebrating the opening of a long-awaited shelter and it is very important for our residents to come and visit the shelter once it is open."

The society is also approaching its 20-year anniversary in the parish and wanted to show its appreciation to the community and those who have supported it over the years.

Angela Hill, with WWL-TV in New Orleans, was the guest speaker. Hill has been involved with the society since it first began.

Hill told the audience that St. Charles was the first place in the state to unite a non-profit and parish government to work to help animals.

"Heaven knows the number of animals they have saved with that relationship," Hill said.

Lee Ann Matherne, founder of the society, said that when she first began the organization 19 years ago, people told her that it would never work.

"(They) told me that people really don’t care about the animals, but I knew better," Matherne said.

Angie Robert, Animal Control director, said that one group has waited longer and with more hope than anybody else.

"I would like to thank all the animals for being so patient waiting for their new home," she said.

Many at the event also honored the late Judge Edward Dufresne, who donated the land where the animal shelter is being built.

"It’s going to be 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art perfection…and without the gift that Judge Dufresne gave, it probably wouldn’t exist," Hill said. "We’ll always have him in our hearts."

Also highlighted during the event are bricks that the society is selling to raise money for the new shelter.

"It will take 300 bricks to pave the path to the shelter," Boudreaux said. "This is a fundraiser and a way for residents to be a part of paving the way because this is forever."

Bricks range in price from $50-$175 and can be ordered by calling (985)785-6967.

Boudreaux said the society would also like for more residents to become members and show their support for the parish’s homeless animals. Membership forms can be picked up at the animal shelter.

"Our sole survival is on donations," she said.


See pictures from the event on 5B.