TN animal shelters face high euthanasia rates

12:50 AM, Feb 25, 2013   |    comments
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Animal shelters across the state are continuing to fight high euthanasia rates.

The Tennessean reports the kill rate at the Nashville's metro animal control is 78 percent, and that's after a recent drop.

Amy Johnston, Director of Outreach for the Young-Williams Animal Village, said the animal euthanasia rate at the Knoxville animal shelter is around 50 percent.  However, that number is down from 62 percent. 

According to Johnston, a lack of spaying, neutering, and adopting are the main reason for the high kill numbers.

Between August 2012 and October 2012, Young-Williams Animal Village participated in Rachael Ray's $100K ASPCA Challenge. Animal Shelters across the nation competed to increase pet adoptions. Young-Williams placed 12th out of 50 shelters and won $5,000.

Johnston said, "I believed we saved over 1,700 more animals during that time period than we did the previous year.  It was a challenge, but we did wonderful things, and we saw a lot of animals get great homes."

The adoption rate for Young-Williams is now up by nine percent and the animal shelter is doing everything it can to keep that number growing.

Young-Williams offers low-cost spay and neuter services and also has a Furry Friends program, in which a person can donate $75 and that money is put towards the adoption fee of an animal (a lot of the times waiving the animal's adoption fee).

For more information on the Young-Williams Animal Village click here.

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