Who We Are


Acadiana Animal Aid is a cat and dog rescue and adoption organization, based in Carencro, just outside of Lafayette, Louisiana. On any given day, we care for more than 100 dogs and 120 cats at our shelter, and more in our network of foster families. All are looking for permanent homes. Our cats and dogs come to us as strays, owner surrenders, rescues from negligent situations, or from euthanizing shelters. We’re an ‘all-breed’ rescue group and we don’t discriminate against any animal due to size, age, breed, color or background. Our cats and dogs stay with us–and receive a safe and caring haven and all necessary veterinary care–until a permanent home is found for them. Our intakes are dependent on available space at our shelter or in our foster homes.

Our website is an opportunity for you to become familiar with AAA – our mission, motivations, and the dedicated staff and volunteers who make it work. Explore volunteer and adoption resources, and browse our News & Events page to find out what’s happening at Acadiana Animal Aid.

Our Board Members

Melinda Falgout

Lindsay Meador
Vice President

Marian James
Katherine Deshotels

Becky Kirk

Rachel Eustis

Lauren Poche'

Gilbert Decourt

Leslie Wood

Our Staff Members

Executive Director
Canine Care Coordinator
Cat Care & Adoption Coordinator

Nichole Wilson’s background as a foster, volunteer, board member and lover of animals led her to Acadiana Animal Aid in October of 2014.  Born and raised in Lafayette, Nichole had a variety of experiences that led her to her role as Cat Care and Adoption Coordinator at AAA: including 2 and a half years of college, working as a vet tech, and being a mother and wife.  First, Nichole sought animal rescue in a volunteer capacity through the St. Martin Humane Society and later a volunteer and employee at AAVA.


When not working at Acadiana Animal Aid or fostering, Nichole enjoys homeschooling her children. She also spends her spare time baking and raising chickens and learning about and working with animals. Nichole has a full house with 5 dogs and 5 cats, 20 ducks and about 30 chickens, and a 1 eyed rabbit.



On her personal and professional growth Nichole said, “Acadiana Animal aid has given me the ability to be who I am while encouraging and supporting me to be the person I want to become. The opportunities this organization has given me surpasses anything I could have imagined. I am looking forward to continuing to grow as a person and an animal rescuer.”

Transport Coordinator

Since 2014, Jamie Clark has served Acadiana Animal Aid as Transport Coordinator, ensuring that the transport program runs smoothly and see that the animals from shelters, hoarding situations, puppy mills or homeless animals due to acts of nature are transported to a forever home.


A South Louisiana native, Jamie and her husband and two children reside in Broussard with 2 cats, 3 dogs and a plethora of foster animals.  Jamie started as a foster and then served as a board member of St. Martin Humane before transitioning to focus on animal transport.  When not working, Jamie and her family enjoy traveling, camping and reading.  



For Jamie, animals have been a lifelong passion, she said, “Becoming involved in animal rescue was a natural progression for me having grown up with a mother that took in every stray cat, dog or injured bird that crossed her path.  My husband and children are heavily involved in fostering as well, we have fostered hundreds of animals over the past 7 years.”

Veterinarian Technician
Volunteer Coordinator
Foster Coordinator, Transport Assistant
Dog Adoptions Coordinator
Facilities Manager

Following 25 years as a Purchasing Agent for two major communication companies, Chyrl’s life took a completely different turn.  What started as a back up/fill in/ all around helper position at Acadiana Animal Aid has turned into a labor of love for Chyrl.  As Facilities Manager she maintains the 10 acres and 5 buildings on the property- from cutting grass to painting, electrical or plumbing, Chyrl is up to any task – especially if it is outdoors.  


She also assists with the transport program to Colorado Springs, Wildwood FL, Haughton, and Covington where she says she is “making every mile a memory!”  Occasionally, she will foster when her 12-year-old standard poodle will allow her to. In her spare time Chyrl loves to kayak, fish, cook, scuba dive and spend time with family and friends. Chyrl also loves watching live eagle cams.  



On her second career with Acadiana Animal Aid, Chryl says, “I’m sure you have heard the saying “Who Rescued Who?”, for me it is Acadiana Animal Aid that has rescued me! I can’t imagine working for any other place. Until they all have a home!”

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