Baton Rouge partners with Jacksonville-based organization to save animals' lives

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POSTED: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 1, 2013 - 4:40pm

In Baton Rouge, you may notice the growing number of stray and sheltered animals, and some of them won't live to see another day. However, there's some good news. Baton Rouge is working to become a "no-kill" city, all in thanks to one organization that wants to help.

Dana Kahn works with the East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Shelter, where almost half of the animals have to be put down.

"It is definitely a community effort. This is a community problem, our homeless animal situation and it will definitely take the community to solve it," Kahn said. "Our shelter is complete at capacity at all times, and we're still taking in 20 to 30 animals a day. That's an incredible number, and we cannot do that without the community support."

Now, the Target Zero Institute is on a mission to bring that number down, said Nicole Brose, a research specialist for TZI.

"We're thrilled that Baton Rouge has embraced us, and this change," Brose said. "Change can be difficult, and they're ready to save more lives."

Thanks to Sandra DiTusa, the director of Spay Baton Rouge, bringing this issue to the TZI's attention, animals can stay alive.

"I saw that their numbers went way high," DiTusa said. "Their save rates were significantly higher than our so I was excited to talk to them and see how we can also obtain this goal."

Here are some things you can do to help.

"It's because of the team effort here, the collaboration. Groups have to work together. The animal rescues and shelters have to work as a team, and they have to have the community support," Brose said. "The community to support this effort by spaying and neutering their pets."

"Just we need some help. We would love to be no-kill," Kahn said. "That is our initiative. That's where target zero's trying to get us to, but we can't do it without the communities assistance, and we need everybody's help. My son donated his birthday presents this year to the shelter."

The organization will help Baton Rouge for the next three years. It's services will include educating the community and working with local animal wellness organizations to make Baton Rouge a no-kill city.

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