CAA: Budget "unsustainable," asks for raise in fees
BATON ROUGE - The Companion Animal Alliance said in a report Wednesday their funding model is "unsustainable," and asked the East Baton Rouge Metro Council for permission raising pet registration fees to cover shelter operations.
CAA, which handles sheltering services for the parish, proposed raising the parish's registration fees from $7 to $10 for altered animals, and from $14 to $20 for unaltered animals. The group noted they currently receive none of the money from registration fees, and rely heavily on donations or single-year grants as a result which caused them to run a deficit last year.
The report said additional money from the fees would cover spay and neutering costs for the 2,000 cases CAA does every year, basic costs for food and cleaning supplies, and the rising cost of veterinary care and vaccines for stray animals.
Already, CAA said it has increased save rates for animals from 50 percent in 2013 to 74 percent in the first quarter of 2014. They said more than 1,800 pets were placed in homes last year, while another 1,400 went to rescue organizations and found homes from those groups.
The Metro Council will take up the issue at tonight's meeting, which starts at 4 p.m. To read the full report, click here.