The New Orleans based Humane Society of Louisiana plans to establish a volunteer-run chapter in the Baton Rouge area, a news release says.

The group has 13 chapters across the state and hopes to increase that number to 20 by the end of the year.

The Humane Society of Louisiana, formed in 1988, operates a no-kill animal sanctuary in Tylertown, Miss. that is home to more than 200 formerly abused or orphaned animals. The group is a licensed private investigation agency that specializes in solving crimes committed against animals. The group also mans a statewide animal abuse hotline and relies on the services of volunteer humane investigators across the state.

The Humane Society establishes satellite chapters to complement government-funded animal control services and provides basic humane services where few or none exist. More than half of the state’s 64 parishes lack parish-funded animal control services or animal sheltering facilities. The group has chapters in Franklin, Caldwell, Washington and Livingston Parishes as well as other parishes.

Each chapter is run by volunteers who develop and oversee their own community-based services, such as adoption and foster programs, cruelty investigations or low-cost sterilization options.

“We are looking forward to developing closer ties with concerned citizens and animal advocates in the Baton Rouge area and see how we can help more animals in need through this new partnership,” said Jeff Dorson, The Humane Society of Louisiana’s founder and director.

The Baton Rouge chapter will meet from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the home of Kendra Julian-Baker, a long-time member. The meeting will take place at 8662 Foxfield Dr.

Dorson will be the group’s special guest at the meeting.

For more information, call the Humane Society at 1-888-6-HUMANE or Julian-Baker at (504) 261-9366. Visit the website at http://www.humanela.org.