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Hundreds of animals saved each year at "no kill" shelter

4 years ago February 21, 2011 Feb 21, 2011 Monday, February 21 2011 Monday, February 21, 2011 4:23:10 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rachel Frost

DENHAM SPRINGS - Hundreds of animals are saved every year at a "no kill" animal shelter in Denham Springs. However, over-population is a daily struggle because the city pays for animal control and rescue, but Livingston Parish does not.

"We do get animals dropped off at the gate, left in the parking lot with a note," Sibley said. "Most of those we feel like probably come from the parish because if they had another option they wouldn't tie them to my gate."

More than 300 animals currently live at the shelter. It gets about $300,000 a year from the city and additional money from adoptions and donations. Still, Director Vicki Sibley says money and space are tight.

The shelter does not take in unwanted pets. It's only supposed to accept stray animal found within the city limits of Denham Springs. 

The shelter operates as a "no kill" facility, but that doesn't mean every animal is saved.

"We do euthanize aggressive animals here, we do euthanize deathly sick, horribly maimed and injured animals that it would me inhumane to keep alive," Sibley said.

Most of the animals stay at the shelter or in foster homes until they're adopted. Nearly 1,500 animals were adopted from the shelter last year.

For information and pictures of animals available for adoption at the Denham Springs Animal Shelter visit http://denhamspringsanimalshelter.org/.

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