The clock is always ticking at Bossier City Animal Control.
Adoptions have slowed down, but intakes have not. The employees are faced with the impossible task of finding space for intakes when there’s simply no more space left.
It’s a struggle they deal with daily as they take care of animals that have been there days…weeks…even months.
They recently turned to social media to help save a dog whose time was running out. Moose, a two-year-old lab, had been at the shelter for three months when an employee made an emotional plea on Facebook.
“We must find him a home by next Monday or he will be humanely euthanized,” the post said.
It was shared more than 230 times and public comments flooded in. Fortunately, Moose was adopted the next day. Although they were overjoyed at his adoption, the employees still have more than 100 dogs that need homes.
A big part of the problem is the lack of spayed and neutered pets in the community. Kay LaBorde, Animal Control Supervisor, can’t seem to stress that message enough some days.
“If the public would spay and neuter their pets, we wouldn’t be here right now,” she said.
The Humane Society reports that there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year in the United States. They also report that “more than 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters annually” nationwide.
The Humane Society says the solution is to spay and neuter animals as it’s “the only permanent, 100 percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats.”
To find out more information about the pets available for adoption, please contact or visit the Bossier City Animal Control at 3217 Old Shed Rd. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adoption hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bossier City Animal Control can also be reached by phone at (318) 741-8499.
Photos of the animals available for adoption can be viewed at www.facebook.com/BCACadoptables.