(Lance Traweek / American Press)
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 04, 2013 7:44 PM
Fifty-eight dogs from Calcasieu Parish Animal Services on Wednesday began their journey to Florida, where their chances of adoption are better than they are here.
The transport was funded through the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals after the local shelter applied for a grant for transport.
About $100,000 worth of grants go toward the transport of adoptable dogs from facilities where supply exceeds demand to locations where demand matches supply. The local shelter was one of about 20 animal rescue organizations nationwide that received a grant.
Laura Taylor of Clearwater, Fla., was hired by the ASPCA to transport the dogs. She will also pick up 60 dogs from Natchez, Miss., with a total of 110 dogs to be divided between two shelters in Tampa and Sarasota.
Taylor said small dogs and labs are very adoptable in Florida, adding that there are fewer dogs in Florida because of the state’s stricter spay-neuter laws.
“We come to states like Louisiana that have a lot of small dogs and puppies,” she said.
She first got involved in transferring dogs after Hurricane Katrina. Her truck can hold up to 250 dogs.
“I adopted a puppy mill dog, and she has been my inspiration to get involved,” she said.
She said the local shelter should be commended for “thinking outside of the box” to avoid euthanasia.
“A lot of your animal shelters and controls that are government-run just stay with the status quo,” she said.
Nathan W. Areno, director of Calcasieu Parish Animal Services, said he hopes the dogs will “end up in a forever home, where they can be loved and taken care of.”
Posted By: Tina On: 12/6/2013
Unfortunately there is a serious overpopulation problem in Southwest Louisiana. Few people spay and neuter their pets which leads to many unwanted litters. CPAS takes in as many as 1000 animals per month. It's impossible to house that many animals humanely. Also there are way too many backyard breeders who continue to breed irresponsibly.
Posted By: Liz David On: 12/5/2013
Title: great story
Where did that many dogs come from?
This is a wonderful program CPAS & ASPCA are doing. I love reading story's like this!