Adopt-A-Pet: Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter needs people to adopt dogs

Adopt-A-Pet: Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter needs people to adopt dogs
Published: Apr. 29, 2022 at 7:16 AM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter recently received more than 50 puppies and all are under age. There is a dire need for people to adopt them. However, none of them are old enough.

“The only hope is that either rescue comes and takes them off or these puppies are going to have to spend at least a month in the shelter. One, it’s not good for them coming up but also it’s not good because we don’t have space. The shelter is currently full, all the rescues in the area are full and we still have puppies and kittens coming in because it is that time of year. One of the things we like to talk about is if you get your animals spayed and neutered this wouldn’t be a problem,” said Roxanne Smith with PAWS of NELA.

Smith said there is a large pet overpopulation problem in Northeast Louisiana.

“They are overwhelmed. We do have some puppies that are available to be adopted right now but they are four to five months old, just so you’re aware,” Smith said.

If you’re thinking about owning a puppy but don’t want to commit, fostering could be an option.

“You can go by the Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter. There is a foster application to fill out. If everything goes well, you’ll be able to get your animals,” Smith said.

It comes with perks.

“There’s no cost to you. The food is going to be included, any medications that they need, any vet checks. All of that’s taken care of. We just need a home outside of the shelter for these babies to go to,” said Smith.

Empty The Shelters is coming up in May and organizers hope it’ll alleviate the overcrowding.

“It’s going from Monday the 2nd to the 15th of May and all adoptions are going to be $35 during that time period. Which, normally it’s $70 and $80 for dogs and cats. So, come on out, it’s time. We need help clearing the shelters out,” Smith said.

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