No Place to Go, Economy Affects Shelters

POSTED: Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 6:22pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:57pm

It’s a growing problem in East Baton Rouge Parish: more animals and no space to house them. As NBC 33’s Lauren Unger found out, the economy is only making things worse.

We spoke with several local shelters and what we found is upsetting if you’re an animal lover. People having to give up their pets and there isn’t always a happy ending to the stories. Many of the no kill shelters are full and places like the East Baton Rouge Animal Control Center are crowded as well. They say they’ve seen an increase in people giving up their animals because of the economy. Add that to the number of strays and animals that haven’t been spayed in our area and it becomes a real problem.

Hilton Cole of EBR Animal Control says, “You never get used to it. You often wonder why people don’t spay and neuter their animals and why these animals pour into this facilities and buildings around the country.” With the animals pouring in, euthanizations have nearly doubled in the parish. There’s just no place to keep all the extra animals.

Animal Control officials say it’s a problem that’s only going to get worse during the summer. Now they’re hoping to build an expansion to their property or even a new facility to house more animals and get them adopted.