Outdoor dogs at the Bossier City Animal Control Shelter have kennels to keep them warm, thanks to the kindness of the community. Through the power of social media, Facebook in this case, a call went out and the public answered.
Typically when temperatures dip low, all the dogs at the shelter are brought inside. But doing that leaves 15 spaces empty outside, upping the risk of overcrowding inside, which in turn can lead to putting dogs down. Assistant Shelter Superintendent Kay Laborde explained to KSLA News 12, this winter will be different."This is the first year we've worked with rescue groups, so we desperately needed those spaces in order to hang on to dogs a little longer," said Laborde.
Rescue groups take dogs who aren't quite ready to be adopted, but Laborde explained they needed dog houses to keep the dogs warm outside. With a limited budget, shelter workers put out a plea on Facebook for dog house donations. "I think within two days, we've gotten enough dog houses, all of the runs are full except for maybe two," said Laborde. Two local rescue groups joined forces to purchase 10 kennels, while the rest came from the public.
Laborde says that by being able to utilize the outdoor space with the kennels, they are saving the lives of dogs needing to go to rescues. "The opportunity of saving more lives makes it more exciting to come to work, because it's not all gloom," said Laborde.
She is overwhelmed by the community's giving spirit and explains the generosity hasn't stopped with the kennels, "We got six bags of brand new blankets donated to us this morning, so the public is responsible and I think it's awesome," she said. Although Laborde admits the ideal scenario for dogs is to be indoors, she explains that with the help of blankets and donated sweaters, they are doing everything they can to make sure their dogs stay cozy and warm this winter.
The shelter is still in need of two extra large kennels for their biggest dogs, you can check out their Facebook page for more information.
Saturday, April 19 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-04-19 21:58:33 GMT
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