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New Efforts At Animal Care And Control Lowering Euthanasia Rates

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – New efforts by the Metro Nashville Animal Care and Control have resulted in a decrease in the number of animals euthanized.

Hopeful adopter Jay Jones and his new lab mix Sally have been getting acquainted.

"I've been waiting for the day we could go to a shelter," Jones said. "I've been asking and asking and asking and asking and asking."

Jay and his family came to Metro's Animal Care and Control (MACC) to find a perfect match.

"(We're) now having our adopt a shelter dog month special where if you come in you can adopt a dog for $25 off during the month of October," Metro Animal Care and Control Spokeswoman Rebecca Morris said.

Promotions have been common at MACC as a way to get more people through the doors. In the last three months during the feline frenzy promotion sixty adult cats were adopted for just $5 each.

"We just really wanted to try new things," Morris said. "We knew that we needed more dogs and cats adopted. So we were willing to try and we're seeing success and we're very pleased."

It was all in an effort to decrease the euthanasia rate. When compared to this time last year, it has gone from 76 percent to 69 percent. Fewer puppies were also coming into the shelter, which Morris said indicated their spay and neutering programs are working.

"Throughout this last quarter, we saw a 57 percent increase in adoption in both our cats and our dogs," Morris explained.

Now you can add Jay Jones to that list and he couldn't be happier.

"The reason I like (dogs)...they're like children, they're good protectors and this one can hunt," he said."

MACC announced it will have an adoption event on Saturday, October 12th at Crossroads Pets-Stop from 10 am until 3:30 pm.


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