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Bossier City Animal Control battles overcrowding, pleads for adoptions

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BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTBS) -

"Cats are a constant problem. They're always loose and people trap them and bring them in."

And of those that are brought in to Bossier City Animal Control, the staff estimates that about 30 percent of the cats are euthanized.

Animal Control Officer Jennifer Westerfield says that's because boxes full of kittens are routinely abandoned at the shelter.

"I go home and cry a lot, just to get it out. It's very hard on us, physically and emotionally."

Westerfield says BCAC is currently housing over a hundred dogs, and getting more in every day.

Just last week, she says they were forced to put down about 20 dogs because they simply had no more room.

"It's very draining. You have to hold that with you for the rest of your life."

The staff is pleading with residents to either have their own pets spade or neutered, or consider adopting from a shelter.

She also reminds dog owners to keep their pets secured safely in yards and homes, because they often get loose and end up at animal control.

"They have a collar, they have tags. We try and call them but the phone numbers don't work anymore," says Westerfield. "If they're a good dog or cat, we don't want them to be euthanized, if there's any other options for that animal."

Westerfield says to consider dropping your pet off at animal control as a last resort.

She says BCAC will try and work with pet owners to find a solution to any problems, rather than leaving them at the shelter.

They're always looking for volunteers to come walk and spend time with the animals at the shelter, as well as to help out on adoption days.

You can adopt from Bossier City Animal Control, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They're located at 3217 Old Shed Road next to Tinsley Park.

Plus, you can visit Petsmart in Bossier every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to the Bossier City Dept. of Public Works Animal Control website, adoption fees are as follows:

Kittens under four months of age:

Spay/Neuter Fee $50.00

First Shots and Worming $5.00

Cats over four months of age:

Spay/Neuter Fee $50.00

Rabies Shot $10.00

Puppies under four months of age:

Spay/Neuter Fee $50.00

First Shots and Worming $5.00

Dogs over four months of age:

Spay/Neuter Fee $60.00

Rabies Shot $10.00

Purebred Dogs and Cats:

Spay/Neuter Fee $75.00

Rabies Shot $10.00

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