POSTED: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 5:23pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 8:13pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Officials with the Companion Animal Alliance say they're having a problem with more pets coming to the shelter. They say adoptions are up, but with every animal they adopt out, transfer to another rescue group or return to it's owner, more animals come to take it's place.
"If we can't stop the animals from coming in then it's like we are constantly chasing a wheel," Dana Kahn, outreach manager for CAA, said.
CAA is an open intake shelter, which means they take strays and animals given up by their owners.
"We can't deny anyone. We don't deny anyone, and we don't want to deny anyone. If you can not keep your animal, your animal is best with us, but with that being said we get twenty to thirty animals in a day we only have the resources and the space for so many," Kahn explained.
She said the shelter will work with owners to explore other options beside surrendering their pets.
Right now there is a bigger problem. Puppy and kitten season is in full swing. The adorable babies are coming in by the litter ready for pet lovers to adopt them.
"We are swimming in puppies and kittens: all shapes, all sizes, all colors, all breeds," Kahn described. "Some are pure bred. Some are not. "
CAA needs people to foster the fur balls too.
"We are always looking for fosters for puppies and kittens," Kahn said. "Though we do a really good job of caring for the animals here. This is not the most conducive place for a puppy or a kitten just because of the sheer number of animals we have here."
CAA could also use volunteers to help out at the shelter.
"They all have something to offer and some way they can help us. We'd love to have them here helping and participating with us," Kahn said.
Pet owners can also do things to help out. CAA officials said pet owners need to make sure their animals are spayed or neutered.
"If you are spaying and neutering your animals we don't have an influx of puppies, and the large amount of animals we are caring for we can get them into homes," Kahn said.
To learn more about how you can help CAA by volunteering, fostering, or adopting click here.