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Post Date:January 30, 2017 9:48 a.m.

The St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter, at 921 Rue la Cannes in Luling, is now hosting birthday ‘paw-ty’ experiences on Sundays to educate youth and raise funds for an eventual dog park.

Paw-ty experiences will be available at the shelter for one of two time slots: noon to 2 p.m. or 3 to 5 p.m.

“This is an educational experience and celebration rolled into a paw-ty,” said Animal Control Supervisor Dr. Jena Troxler “The future goal of a dog park will be aided by this endeavor, but teaching children the value and care of animals is also one of our goals. Our entire staff is excited to embark on this new community event offering.”

An amount of $50 from each booking fee will be put toward the construction of an eventual dog park in St. Charles Parish. Additional donations will be accepted.

The standard paw-ty package is priced at $375 for a group of 12 attendees and includes the following educational activities led by the shelter staff: a tour of the facility, a presentation on animal rescue and the shelter’s goals, “Be a Vet” experience, dog and cat play, basic pet care, small animals and exotics and horseback rides with permanent shelter horse Buttercup. The package also includes birthday party decor, four tables with tablecloths, plates, utensils, napkins, and cups. Also included are bottled water, lemonade, ice and a party favor for each child guest.

In addition to the standard package, the following add-ons are available:

  • Pet-themed party food served in pet bowls for $50 (call shelter for details)
  • Large pizzas for $12 each
  • Photographer that provides a disc of party pictures for $45

Any additional children, not to exceed 20, will be $20 per child. All parties must include two adult chaperones. No personal pets will be allowed.

Residents interested in booking the animal shelter should call (985) 783-5010 or visit and fill out the “Animal Shelter Paw-ty” contract. Completed forms may be emailed to Checks must be made payable to the St. Charles Parish Finance Department.

The mission of St. Charles Parish government is to provide high quality, efficient services to sustain and enhance the quality of life for all residents of St. Charles Parish.

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PICTURED: Kamryn Donaldson celebrated her birthday at the animal shelter on Jan. 22

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