Jun 3, 2011 4:11 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Organization Saves Shelter Dogs Before They're Euthanized

The Acadia Parish Animal Shelter can house hundreds of dogs, but Animal Control Officer, Latrell Primeaux, said there's never enough room.
"We pick up about ten a day-it's ridiculous," she said.
The deadline for these dogs to be put down is typically seven days, but Primeaux says they try to hold onto them for as long as possible.
"It's not a good thing when we have to put dogs down. That's one of the bad points of our job," she said. "We don't like to it, but we have no choice."
The local organization-Second Chance Paws-provides foster homes for dogs who would otherwise be euthanized.
Brenda Wagner fosters a few dogs, she said "there's 4 to 5 women who foster right now. There's a great need for fostering,so we can pull more puppies and more dogs out of here right now."
Gale Lormand is providing a temporary home for 8 dogs, and today she's bringing home a ninth.
She said, "this is Jolie she's been here for a few weeks, so I'm going to take her home and get her shots and get her sprayed. Then see about fostering her out."
The Acadia Parish Animal Shelter used to have to put down about 60 percent of these dogs, but with Second Chance Paws help, now only 10 percent are euthanized.
If you'd like to foster call (337) 783 7211.
You can visit to find all the animals up for adoption with Second Chance Paws.


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