COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - "7.85% transferred to other rescues, 7.5% were returned to their owner and 4.1% were adopted out of Animal Control. All the rest, 80% or 6,643 animals were killed," explained Stefani Buzzard.
Buzzard and a group of other Columbus residents are working to develop a plan to make Columbus a "no kill" community.
The group believes to make the city proud of Animal Control, it has to lower the number of animals killed. Part of their plan is, "off site adoptions, foster programs, pet retention programs, to help counsel people to keep their pets, pet rehab," explained Lynette Taylor.
Taylor says these programs have worked for other cities and even countries that have adopted a no kill policy, like New Zealand.
Still, volunteers are needed to make it work. Taylor thinks it could even save the city money when they do not have to euthanize animals and put them in the landfill.
Animal Control has already implemented new ideas and with the use of a website and social media. They told News Leader Nine their adoption rate is up.
Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson says this topic is close to her heart and she is anxious to get the recommendations from the group.
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