Baton Rouge animal shelter group recognized for pet adoptions, awarded $28,800 grant _lowres

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE — Birdie hangs out with Companion Animal Alliance Saturday, Sept. 27, 2015 during the Ogden Park Prowl in midcity Baton Rouge.

The Companion Animal Alliance, a nonprofit group partnering with the city-parish to run the parish animal shelter, was recently awarded a grant for $28,800 in recognition of its achievements in increasing pet adoptions in the community.

The grant comes from the Petco Foundation. The Alliance had more pet adoptions of any animal alliance group in the nation participating in the Petco event.

The event was held Oct. 3 and Oct. 4, and almost 14,000 pets were adopted throughout the nation by participating groups. The Companion Animal Alliance placed 88 pets in homes in the two day period.

The Alliance took over the animal shelter services from the city-parish in 2011 with the hopes of reducing the high euthanasia rate of animals.

The agency reports that over the part four years animals saved has increased from 20 percent to 65 percent. In 2014, 5,200 animals were adopted, including 670 lost pets reunited with their families.

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