I want to send out a big "THANK YOU" to Barbara and Peter for their years of hard work running the Acadiana Humane Society.  They have put in countless hours, of sweat and tears, helping the animals in and around our community.  No job was to big or to small.  They always found a way to provide for the animals.  For me, being an animal lover, you have been a huge inspiration.  It is a pleasure to call you my friends.   Keep up the continued work.  You have been blessed with a gift to save the lives of animals.  Once again from me to you "THANK YOU".
          Brandi M.
One day Diana and I found the front porch of our apartment chosen by a pregnant young tortishell as the place to give birth to a litter of seven kittens. We went to Petsmart to seek advice, and we met Barbara for the first time. She was the one that inserted,  "fostering", into our vocabulary.  Despite the risks of being "found out" by our  apartment manager, we managed to foster the whole little family until the kittens were old enough to be weaned, then brought them all to Barbara who in turn got them all adopted. 

Two years later, we adopted one of Barbara's fosters, Merlin (aka MoMo).  He has been and continues to be such an amazing enhancement and enrichment to our lives such that when we bought our house in 2005, we threw our doors wide open and became part of the AHS foster home network.  I don't think we would have considered being volunteers and foster moms if it weren't for the outstanding example of compassion, ethnics and dedication shown by Barbara and Peter.  They long ago earned our admiration and our support. Countless dogs and cats throughout the Acadiana area had very staunch friends in Barbara and Peter. We are proud to call them our friends as well.

Kudos, Hats Off, Two Thumbs Up, Bravo, and WOWsers for a tremendous job well done!
Lynn & Diana

I would like to Thank them for giving of themselves for these past years, Barbara not being a Dog Person opened her heart to many. They both deserve  BIG PURRRRs and WET FACE LICKs!  ( from the dogs, of course!) 
To Barbara & Peter,

When I walked through the doors at Petsmart one Saturday in October 2005 someone outside had found a litter of kittens in a dumpster at the Scott Fall Festival.  The kittens were only a few days old.  I have always loved animals and especially cats.  So I took the kittens inside and talked to one of the employees at Petsmart and that is when they sent me to you.  I have to say that was one of the days that has made my life better and more fulfilled.  I have never met two people so determined to help the so many less fortunate animals.  And while doing this also trying to educate the people around you about the purpose of why as a society we are doing this.  I just wanted to say thank you this opportunity and experience you have given me and I will pass down everything you have taught me.  Also, I wanted to say what a awesome job both of you have done for the Acadiana Humane Society.

Your friend,
Rebecca H.

Barbara and Peter,

            I don’t know how to tell you thanks because “thank you” just doesn’t seem to be enough.  I am amazed at the dedication that you have to the animals of Acadiana and the amount of time, effort and love you have put into their rescue.  You have taught me a lot, and I value the time I spent working with AHS.  I also consider you good friends.  So, I wish you all the best with your future endeavors, and I hope that all will be well in your world.

Sandy W.

I have many memories of my (not so long) working with Barbara & Peter. 

I first got in contact with Barbara when I wanted my girls to experience the miracle of life.  I was going to breed my own cat, but the vet told me that due to her allergies I should not breed her.
My first impression of Barbara was that of a person on a mission.  She was so adament on me NOT breeding my Nunie that I thought she was a little on the extreme side, and maybe not all there.

She said that I could foster a pregnant cat, and I was introduced to Spooky.  She was pregnant when I got her and a week later she had her babies.  Six days later she got very sick and I was thrown from the frying pan into the fire!!!!  Spooky went to the vet and came back with a gaping wound in what was once a mammary gland.  I had to do things that I do not necessarily know that I was ready for, but it had to be done and I was the one who had to do it!

Barbara was very good to me.  She gave me every kind of support that I needed, and I was able to make it through the ordeal
with Spooky and keep my sanity!  She also showed me what the "Saving One Life At A Time" motto meant.  Spooky cost the society a lot of money, but her life was worth saving and Barbara found a way to do it.

What was going to be a one time deal has turned into a new way of looking at animals.  I, too, am now on a mission.
I have learned a lot from Barbara.

And the rest, as they say, is history!

Michelle G.

Barbara and Peter,

I wish I had pictures of all the dogs that you’ve helped foster through my home.  Lacking those, just imagine yourself covered in slobbery kisses and muddy paw prints, and deafened by a chorus of barks from all the girls and boys.  You’ve been wonderful and none of them would have been saved without your efforts and concern.  Thank you from the bottom of all of our hearts. 

Chip and all his boys and girls.

As everyone knows, for the past 3 years, Barbara has spent more time on the road between Pets Mart, the various Vet offices, Roicy, and where ever a cat or dog needed to be rescued.  You could reach her on her cell phone more than on her home phone between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.  It’s a shame that she couldn’t get credit for the miles driven like the airlines give for miles flying.  Combined with the miles Peter drove for AHS, the two of them could have acquired enough credit miles to fly back and forth to Germany several times.  I know all of us are extremely grateful for the sacrifices and the endless hours they spent for the Acadiana Humane Socity.  So many helpless, and lovable cats, and dogs have been saved because of their dedication and sincere love for them.  If they could talk, or type, I’m sure that they would say thank you.  But, I think they did just that with their actions and loving ways.

I remember how Barbara, Michelle, and I worked on the Pet Point Program for the microchips.  Barbara had never done a training session on the computer, and was not sure what to do.  We had the first session, and we all took notes.  It seemed overwhelming with all the entries and stuff to put in for all the animals.  We laughed and just got it all worked out. 

Afterwards we would sit in the office working on the program.  The whole time Barbara  was on the computer, Big Foot and the kittens where all over her and the computer.   We had to divert the cats and  protect Barbara from the lovable and playful cats who wanted to be on her lap or walking on the keyboard.  It was hard to ignore them, and funny to watch their attempts at getting to Barbara.

Peter was always at Pets Mart on Saturdays, helping set up the cages, getting litter, boxes, and whatever was needed.  It took a lot of work and time, but Peter was so nice about it.  He was also a good sport when it came to being the Santa for the photos.  It makes for a long day in the Santa suit, sitting with the dogs and trying to get them in a pose for the picture.  Thanks Peter and all the Pets Mart Santas we’ve had.

Carmen M.

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