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Before you buy a pet for Christmas, adopt

All About Animals

POSTED: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 5:45pm

UPDATED: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 4:26pm

Pets are a popular gift for families during the holiday season. Rather than purchasing a puppy, consider how many dogs are up for adoption in East Baton Rouge Parish.

“The holidays are all about giving and by adopting a pet you’re giving them a shot at a long healthy life,” Lauren Dooley, Director of Development for Companion Animal Alliance, explains. “Adoption and saving lives is just in the spirit of the holiday season. You’re giving these pets at a chance at a happy, healthy life.”

The animals are housed at the East Baton Rouge Animal Control Center. When the Companion Animal Alliance stepped in and took over, the goal was to make the shelter no-kill. However, due to the overwhelming number of animals, while they continue to push towards that goal, animals are still at risk of euthanasia.

“When we first came in they were only saying 20 percent and in October we’ve saved 48 percent,” Dooley noted. “The programs we’re implementing are working and have had a good success rate so far. We’re just trying to build on that.”

One program is by holding adoption days out in the community. The hope is that by bringing the animals out to the public, they’ll increase adoptions. For example, every weekend the group posts up at The Mall of Louisiana. They’re there on Saturday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

“We try to be as flexible as possible because our main goal is saving lives,” she says.  

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