BVSPCA Partners with Tangipahoa Parish Animal Services to Turn the Tides on Lifesaving
Hard to believe that puppies, kittens and other highly adoptable animals could be at risk of euthanasia, but that’s the reality in many shelters in the South. Here, acceptance of spaying/neutering and humane education make it rare to see local puppies in shelters. That’s why relocation programs like our Second Chance Program are essential, moving highly adoptable at-risk animals to communities where they are high in demand. But the work can’t stop there. Long-term lifesaving requires systemic change.
Tangipahoa Parish Animal Services faces challenges similar to other Southern shelters — limited resources, low spay/neuter adoption, more animals than adopters – all with higher intake than most shelters in their area. They take in 5,000+ dogs and cats annually, which could be dozens on any given day. The hard working Tangipahoa staff have been making tremendous progress in saving lives by relocating highly adoptable animals to communities like ours. They’ve doubled their dog save rate since last year, but they still have a long way to go to reach 90%+ lifesaving.
We’ve been given a unique opportunity to help them reach 90% lifesaving in just one year while establishing infrastructure, programs and revenue sources for long-term change. Best Friends Animal Society selected us for a very generous mentoring grant, and we chose our friends at Tangipahoa as our partner based on the energy, appetite and influence they have for change. Our plans include:
- Sending three BVSPCA staff members to work at the shelter for 2021
- Finishing a 70-kennel shelter building to serve as a transport hub for Tangi and surrounding rural shelters
- Building an on-site spay/neuter clinic to reduce unwanted litters
- Implementing intake intervention programs to help families care for their pets
- Building cat lifesaving programs like TNR
This a unique and exciting opportunity to save lives, and we need your help. Our grant gets us more than half way through the budget, and we need your support to complete the work. Make a Giving Tuesday donation to our work in Louisiana to help that shelter reach a 90% save rate in 2021.