Baton Rouge animal shelter: Adoption up, euthanasia down

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Euthanasia is down and adoptions are up at the East Baton Rouge Parish public animal shelter.

Companion Animal Alliance, which runs the shelter, says the euthanasia rate is at a record low of 36 percent.

The Advocate (http://bit.ly/13Nkmma) reports that when the city-parish ran the shelter, the rate was 80 percent. About 8,000 adoptable animals were killed each year just to open cages for new strays.

When the nonprofit agency took over in 2011, it kept some animals in offices and closets.

Volunteers spoke publicly about the overcrowding caused by the sudden stop to euthanizing animals.

As of November, about 2,500 animals had been euthanized this year.

The number of stray cats put to death was dramatically reduced by returning stray cats to the street after neutering and vaccinating them.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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