Highest Live Release Rate Ever and Other Exciting News from the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter
The Live Release Rate for the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter reached 92%— the highest it has ever been — for the months of January and February, 2021. The Live Release rate, according to the ASPCA, is “… an indication of the number of animals leaving a facility by means other than euthanasia or in‐shelter death. Live outcomes are usually achieved through adoption, reclaimed by owner, transferred to another agency, or other life‐saving actions.” This exceptional rate was achieved through a coordinated effort by Shelter staff to facilitate shelter adoptions and work with credible compassionate rescue groups to pull animals for adoption or transport animals for adoption to other locations in the United States where there is a shortage of adoptable animals. The St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter Rescue Coordinator works to match animals with their ideal forever families, while shelter staff and volunteers work to care for and socialize animals surrendered or brought into the Shelter.
“We have seen outstanding progress in the Shelter due to the hard work of our dedicated staff, as well as our partnerships with credible rescue groups who work with our staff to ensure the best outcome for each animal in our care,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We will continue to build on these relationships as we see many more adoptable animals matched with loving, suitable homes.”
A more user-friendly landing page for Animal Services — www.stpgov.org/pets — now includes all shelter intake and outcome statistics; current partner rescue groups; and adoptable pets. More features will be added going forward.
The Department of Animal Services has also launched several additional tools to assist both citizens and their pets. Through the expansion of the Shelter’s social media platforms, citizens can now search for or post a lost or found pet to the newly launched Facebook page, St. Tammany Return to Home. Animal Services has partnered with PawBoost in this effort. PawBoost is a nationwide company who partners with local shelters and local communities to assist in finding lost animals.
Starting Wednesday, March 10, 2021, Animal Services will be open to the public as we move into Phase III. Appointments for adoptions are not required, but still recommended. Volunteers will also be welcomed back to the Shelter. Complete Shelter information may be found at: www.stpgov.org/pets .