COLUMBUS, Ga. –
Six years ago, the euthanization rate among animals in Columbus was 85%.
As of 2014, it is a little under 30%.
That number could dip even lower if the group Target Zero has its way.
The group held a town hall meeting Wednesday at the Citizens Service Center.
They were contacted by Columbus Animal Control to learn more ways to save animals in shelters.
Wednesday, they shared some of their methods they use to get the save rate of animals in shelters to 90% or higher.
“Decreasing that shelter intake is key,” Program Director of Target Zero Sara Pizano said. “And the number one way to do that is subsidized fixed income pet owners, spay neuters. And we know that will directly decrease shelter intake.”
The application for Columbus to become a fellow city has been submitted, and an answer will come in a couple of weeks.
If chosen, Target Zero’s services will be free of charge.
Animal Ark, Paws Humane and Columbus Animal Care and Control will be taking volunteers to assist with the new services.