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Carroll County Animal Shelter: A 'No-Kill' Shelter As Of February

For the first time in its history, the Carroll County Animal Shelter is considered a ‘no-kill’animal-shelter, according to the national standard.
 
What that means is the shelter had a 90-percent live-release-rate for three consecutive months.
 
“No-kill doesn’t actually mean that nothing gets euthanized, it means that 10-percent or less of the population that comes into the shelter are euthanized,” Lisa Barrett, Director of the Carroll County Animal Shelter explained on WLBB Radio this week. “That 10-percent or less… we are still going to euthanize for any of the community who has a pet that is severely injured or elderly and failing. We will continue to provide that service for everybody. Our main goal is we do not want to be forced to euthanize because of lack of space or funds. We are in good shape at the moment.”
 
Barrett says the live release rate has improved dramatically since late 2012— from 23-percent to better than 90-percent currently.
 
“Getting the community involved… letting the community know what needed to be done is the biggest reason we all have been able to accomplish this,” Barrett said. “We’ve implemented some new life-saving programs and we have offered seven free spay/neuter clinics since 2014, so spaying and neutering is a huge part of this.”
 
Barrett also credits social media with helping the live release rate.
 
Facebook, for example, has been key in helping find the current owners of missing pets and new owners for new arrivals to the shelter.
 
Filed Under :
Topics : Social Issues
Location : Carroll County
People : Lisa Barrett