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Volunteers help increase adoptions at EBR animal shelter

4 years ago February 22, 2011 Feb 22, 2011 Tuesday, February 22 2011 Tuesday, February 22, 2011 4:47:42 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rachel Frost

BATON ROUGE - More volunteers means fewer animals killed each year, according to workers at the East Baton Rouge Animal Control and Rescue center.

Last year more than 6,000 animals were euthanized, which is 2,500 fewer than the previous year. In additions, dog and cat adoptions increased nearly 15% according to the shelter's website. 

Friends of the Animals, Project Purr and Yelp! are a few of the non-profit organizations making it their goal to find the animals a good home.

Paula Schoen founded of Friends of the Animals after volunteering at the shelter.

"I thought, you know, people don't realize these animals are stuck in the kennels all day. So I had a meeting and I was shocked how many people showed up that were interest in helping out here," Schoen said.

Friends of the Animals helps East Baton Rouge Animal Control and Rescue with pet adoptions by listing the animals on Petfinder. Some volunteers also take dogs and cats into their homes, as fosters, to get to know their personality.

"You really get to know the dog. I know every dog that has come into my home I found out it's house trained, that they like cats, they like children and they like other dogs. That's a real selling point when you try to adopt out a dog," Schoen said.

More that 2,500 animals were adopted or rescued from the shelter last year, 1,000 more than the previous year.

Schoen says she hopes that trend continues until the shelter becomes a "no kill."

For information and pictures of animals for adoption visit Petfinder.com.

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