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Overcrowding in Animal Shelters are causing more pets to be euthanized

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In the past 6 months, Bossier City Animal Control has received more than 2,011 animals. Typically, they receive 20-30 dogs and 120 cats a week. Rescue teams like Petsavers and Nina's Rescue save several a week, but the need is greater than they can handle.  Last year, rescue teams saved 350 animals, leaving the remaining majority of animals to be euthanized. 

"If you are able to adopt directly from a shelter please do so", stated Jennifer Westerfield of Animal Control. The animals are strays, surrenders and rescues. They have a basic criteria for animals to be euthanized: health, aggression and owner requests the animals to be euthanized. The stress of being at the shelter can be too much for even healthy animals.   

Several of them have a respiratory infection known as"kennel cough" and/or loose stools from the strain of being in the shelter.  Because of overcrowding, despite desperate efforts of workers to save as many healthy animals, they aren't able to.  There are several dogs that have been in the shelter since March and are desperate to have a forever home. 

Since the numbers of animals are increasing they have numerous animals in temporarily crates hoping the community will step up and adopt directly from the shelter. They are open M-F 10:00-3:00 and Saturdays with volunteers 10:00-3:00. Adoption costs range from $10-$85. When you adopt from a shelter you are saving 2 animals-- the animal you adopted and the place to house another animal.  www.ktbs.com Adoptable Pets Slideshow runs every week for the latest links for available pets in the Ark-La- Tex.

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