There is no leash law in Caddo Parish for cats. Cats are permitted to roam freely without a fence but should remain on the owners property. They also need to be neutered or spayed, be vaccinated for rabies and properly tagged.
There is no limit to the number of cats a person can own as long as they do not create a nuisance. However, all cats over four months of age must be vaccinated against rabies and properly tagged.
Citizens may lawfully place humane animal traps on their private property to capture stray cats that may enter. However, trapped cats must be transported by the citizen to the Animal Shelter. Once the animal is brought to the Shelter it is accepted without charge.
Animal Services has a limited number of cat traps available to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a refundable $50.00 deposit required for a trap.
Stray or feral cats surrendered to us will be evaluated for potential adoption, evaluated for a potential trap neuter return candidate, or may be euthanized after the appropriate hold period.
Fines & Penalties
Abandoning animals is animal cruelty. To abandon an animal that has been trapped is a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 or by both imprisonment and a fine.