Creating a No Kill Animal Shelter in Columbia


By Rochelle Dean


Superintendent of Columbia animal services, Marley Drum says after 19 years working with animals, the Mayor's proposal has always been a longtime goal. Finally she says she is beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

Nearly 12 thousand cats and dogs are brought into this facility each year, last year more than 8 thousand perfectly adoptable animals had to be euthanized because they were not adopted.

While the 5 year proposal is still in the making, Drum says they are calling on residents of the community to help put the problem on a leash.

Citizens can start by spaying and neutering the animals they currently have to cut down on overpopulation. Another big help would be if people would adopt from local shelters instead of going to private puppy mills to get pure bread dogs.

Drum says they are still going to need volunteers and additional staff in order to make the "no kill" facility a reality.
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