Facebook page saves "last chance" animals
BATON ROUGE - A Facebook page is helping to save the lives of hundreds of animals on Companion Animal Alliance's "last chance" list.
Since CAA began posting a list of animals slated to be euthanized at the end of each week, not a single one has been put down, according to Debbie Pearson with CAA. More than 200 dogs and cats have been adopted from the list.
When CAA became a "no-kill" shelter last fall, it was flooded with hundreds of animals and ended up in chaos, Pearson said.
The 132 pens in the building simply are not enough to humanely house all the animals, so Pearson and other volunteers must comb the shelter to find the least adoptable dogs.
It's not an easy task, but Pearson picks out the dogs who've been at the shelter the longest, the shyest animals, the oldest, and the ones who just aren't as cute-- Pearson says those are the hardest to shop to a new home.
That's where folks like Renee Bacher come in; she has fostered--and found a home for-- three dogs form the list. Right now, she is fostering Blossom. Two weeks ago, Blossom was too shy to even look Renee in the eye. Tuesday, she sat on Renee's lap.
"You make a deal when they come into your home. You say, 'I'm just a fling, and you're gonna have a great home, and I'm just the bridge. I'm you're way out of here.' " Bacher said.
Pearson hopes to play on the Facebook page's popularity.
"It's just unbelievable!" Pearson said. She hopes to eventually put every dog that comes into the shelter on the web so lost dog owners can find them more easily, and so potential adopters can see dogs sooner.
For now, she's keeping her fingers crossed that the "Last Minute Hope for Baton Rouge Animals" page continues to save the animals the shelter just doesn't have room for.