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Bossier City Animal Control struggles with overcrowding

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Bossier City Animal Control is seeking ‘fur’ever homes for its growing population of cats and dogs.

An increase of intakes over time has created a big problem – the shelter is at capacity and still taking in new animals daily. Volunteers are working tirelessly to not only care for the animals, but have turned to the public for help to see that no adoptable pet has to lose its life due to lack of space.

The reality of the situation is, however, that they have in fact had to euthanize some animals to make room for new intakes.

The main way to help control the local pet population is to spay and neuter your pets. For those who are actively searching for a new pet, adoption coordinator Brandy Cornell encourages families to check out the animal shelter first before going to a breeder.

“When you adopt a pet, you’re actually saving two lives,” she explained. “You’re giving one animal a fresh start and creating space for another animal to come in, potentially giving them the same chance to be adopted.”

Due to the maxed capacity, Kay LaBorde, shelter supervisor, encouraged owners not to bring their animals to the shelter for owner surrender, but to use social media and word of mouth to find it a new home. The Bossier City animal shelter takes in an average of 30 animals per week, half of those being owner surrenders.

Volunteers are always needed to work one-on-one with the dogs, which Cornell said helps them with socialization skills and giving them a better chance at being adopted.

“If you can’t adopt, help them get adopted,” Cornell said. “Walk them, spend some time with them, and play with them. They want the attention. These are great dogs. We just have to get more people in to see that.”

Volunteers can stop by the shelter Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations of money and supplies are always welcome.

There are many breeds, big and small, available at the shelter, located at 3217 Old Shed Road. Adoptions can be made Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On-site adoption events are held on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Petsmart in Bossier City.

For more information, contact the Bossier City Animal Shelter at (318) 741-8499.