For the first time ever, the City of Columbus Animal Care Services achieved a 100% save rate for adoptable dogs. No dogs were euthanized due to lack of space, and the number of cats euthanized due to lack of space in 2012 was its lowest ever.
This represents significant progress toward Mayor Kristen Brown’s ambitious goal of finding good homes for all adoptable pets. Mayor Brown has made animal care a priority and renamed the City’s animal shelter and services to reflect a greater focus on animal care, adoption and education.
The shelter adopted out 211 dogs in 2012, the highest adoption number for dogs to date. An additional 276 dogs were returned to their owners.
Far fewer cats were euthanized due to lack of space last year than in previous years, including a 27% decrease from 2011 to 2012, and a 53% decrease from 2010. The adoption rate for cats is significantly less than the rate for dogs, constraining space at the shelter, but Animal Care Services is making progress on the need to euthanize cats through low-cost spay and neuter programs and adoption drives.
Animal Care Services partners with members of Community Animal Rescue Effort, “C.A.R.E.,” who help find good homes for adoptable animals through fostering and adoption drives. C.A.R.E. also assists Animal Care Services with low-cost spay and neuter programs to help control the local pet population.
“Pets deserve the highest quality care in our shelter, and a good life in a permanent home,” Mayor Kristen Brown said. “We have made animal care one of our community’s top priorities, and we will continue to improve our services toward our ambitious goal of 100% save rate for adoptable pets.”
Mayor Brown donated her 3-percent raise for 2013 of about $2,500 to Animal Care Services, and she hopes other community members also will help care for animals at the shelter through donations or volunteer work.
“We want to ensure that our animals have a very comfortable stay when they are with us,” Mayor Brown said. “We are asking for the public’s help by either donating a bed or volunteering some time with the animals at the shelter.”
The City has partnered with Kuranda USA, which manufactures chew-resistant cot-style pet beds, to provide animals at the shelter with comfortable resting places up off the concrete floor.
Community members can visit the Kuranda website to donate a bed to Animal Care Services at a 28 percent discount.
Animal Care Services is always looking for volunteers to help walk dogs, spend time with cats and provide other assistance. The shelter is located near the Columbus Municipal Airport at 2730 Arnold Drive, and can be reached at 376-2505.