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ASPCA pushes programs at Caddo Animal Shelter

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After weeks of criticism, Caddo Animal Shelter opened its doors for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. ASPCA had no complaints about the facility and its upkeep, but did have some suggestions to curb its kill rate. Nearly 9,000 dogs and cats were euthanized there just last year. 

ASPCA's Laura Lanza paid the shelter a visit and toured Friday. She stresses to parish officials that community involvement is the way to get more adoptions and a lower kill rate. The creation of a community driven animal foster care program at the shelter is one of Lanza's top suggestions. 

"The citizens of Caddo Parish and Bossier Parish working collaboratively together to save all those little wet noses," Lanza said.

Foster homes don't just supply a place to keep adoptable animals until a new family comes to pick them up. They can help rehabilitate or train animals with behavioral issues, all to make them a better pet.

"Foster families are invaluable because they can buy that personal attention to that individual animal, help that animal become more socialized so that it becomes more place able in a home environment," Lanza said.

Lanza also stresses the importance of having a spay/neuter program. Caddo's shelter has a voucher program in place to help new pet owners afford the operation. Critics say there's no real way of making sure owners get their pets fixed. Lanza says any animal that comes in should be spayed or neutered before adoption.

"You can spend the money at the front and spay or neuter, or you can spend it in the back with open shelters having to euthanize animals that are at risk," Lanza said. "That's why its so important that private citizens become involved in an active participants at every open admission shelter. They cannot do it alone."

The Caddo Commission created the animal service committee to address issues and complaints concerning animal welfare in the parish. Its first meeting is set for November 4 at Government Plaza.

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