Animals to get extra funding
BATON ROUGE - Pending approval by the Baton Rouge Metro Council, the Companion Animal Alliance will get more funding to take care of their animals. It's expected to get $60,000 more this year since the city increased fees for pet owners.
The CAA says the funding will be a big help when it comes to paying for unexpected incidents, including a house fire where nearly a dozen dogs and multiple cats were injured and brought to the shelter.
"We give them top quality care, we never know what's coming in the door," said Executive Director of CAA Beth Brewster.
The current budget for CAA is $1.2 million. Donors subsidize the amount. Each time an animal comes to CAA, it costs about $300. If the animal needs medical help, it's more.
Brewster says their budget is tight.
"Even our adoption fees don't cover the cost of what it costs to get a dog or cat ready for adoption," said Brewster.
This year, pet owners pay $3 more for spayed or neutered pets and $10 more for pets that aren't fixed. The CAA says it's working and the stray population is lower.
"It's down this year, a little bit down from last year," she said. "The more people spay and neuter their animals the better it will be."
Wednesday's agenda item for CAA is an introduction. An official vote will come next month.