SOS Rescue taking on shelter over population

All About Animals

POSTED: Friday, September 9, 2011 - 4:57pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 9, 2011 - 4:59pm

Last year alone more than 11,000 animals were sent to animal control in Baton Rouge. Although the shelter is now “no kill,” the over crowding is leading to an emergency situation. This weekend, a local humane organization hopes to relieve some of that pressure.

“We all love animals - no one wants to euthanize animals,” Andrea Lafaver, President of the S.O.S. Rescue, explained.

Many of the animals that end up in shelters are owner surrendered. That means that for some reason, the owner and pet were just not compatible.

“Maybe they didn’t know what to expect from the dog they adopted or purchased,” Lafaver said when explaining why these animals end up surrendered.

Pet adoption events, however, are not fix-all solution to getting the pets out of the pounds and into loving homes. In fact, roughly 10 percent of the animals that end up adopted are returned for one reason or another.

On Saturday, Sept. 10, SOS Rescue is holding a special adoption day event and they will unveil a new program they hope will help reduce the numbers for returned animals. It’s called Meet Your Match, and it’s almost like a dating service for pets and potential owners. Rather than focusing on the aesthetics by picking an animal they like, the new program allows you to “match the animals with the expectation and lifestyle of the pet adopter.

To do this, SOS Rescue has taken time to assess all the dogs and cats that will be out at the adoption day event. They determine their demeanor and personality, and then that will be translated to a color code. Potential pet owners can then find the right type of animal by simply determining what color best fits their needs.

The Peace, Love and Adoption Day will be held at the Salon Seven Oaks in Mid City. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will continue until 5:00 p.m. Whether you’re looking to adopt or not, Lafaver says “it’s going to be a beautiful day to give some support.”

If you can, SOS Rescue is always in need of donations and support. For example, you could bring a bag of dog food. Given that they have no physical location and simply work by taking animals out of shelters and putting them into foster homes and place pets through adoptions, all the work they do is out of a love for animals.

To find out more about SOS Rescue, click here.

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