Council looking to improve animal shelter system

Council looking to improve animal shelter system

Posted: Updated:

City Council is looking for options to improve the Lubbock Animal Shelter system.

Council discussed Thursday how the shelter can eliminate the number of animals it has to put down. That means 90 percent of the animals would have to be claimed, adopted or sent to rescue shelters.

Right now, animals whose ownership can't be determined are kept for three days then either sent to a rescue group, selected for adoption or are euthanized. The euthanization rate is 70 percent.

A group of Texas Tech doctoral students working with the shelter to try to develop "best practices" to foster adoption.

"A lot of people think that the culture here, being in West Texas, that that's not something achievable, but it really is," Kelsea Brown said. "We see it happen across the country in other communities that are just like ours, so if we really follow the steps and work together as a community, that's something we can achieve relatively quickly, it's not going to be overnight, but it doesn't have to be years either."

Brown says the popularity of adoption events beyond brick and mortar shelters is making adoption much more accessible.

The students are also collecting data on how best to present pets for adoption at both in - and out-of - shelter events.
 

  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Rep. Arrington says he does not want kids separated from parents

    Rep. Arrington says he does not want kids separated from parents

    Demonstrators upset over president Trump's zero tolerance policy have continued to protest along the border.  Congressman Arrington believes returning to the failed immigration policies of the past administration is not an option, but a fix is difficult to come by.  I don't want to separate children and parents in this process," Arrington said. "They just let people go and they set a court date about two to three years out on average, and half the people nev...

    Demonstrators upset over president Trump's zero tolerance policy have continued to protest along the border.  Congressman Arrington believes returning to the failed immigration policies of the past administration is not an option, but a fix is difficult to come by.  I don't want to separate children and parents in this process," Arrington said. "They just let people go and they set a court date about two to three years out on average, and half the people nev...

  • Fatal crash in New Mexico leaves one dead

    Fatal crash in New Mexico leaves one dead

    At about 5:20 a.m. the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on US Highway 70 around mile post 352 north of Roswell. The initial investigation indicated a 2004 Toyota 4-Runner was traveling west on US 70. For unknown reasons the Toyota left the roadway into the center median, over corrected and rolled. 

    At about 5:20 a.m. the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on US Highway 70 around mile post 352 north of Roswell. The initial investigation indicated a 2004 Toyota 4-Runner was traveling west on US 70. For unknown reasons the Toyota left the roadway into the center median, over corrected and rolled. 

  • The world is a stage for Hong Kong students visiting Texas Tech

    The world is a stage for Hong Kong students visiting Texas Tech

    This month long journey has not only taught these students new techniques, but it has also shown them a perspective of a different culture.

    This month long journey has not only taught these students new techniques, but it has also shown them a perspective of a different culture.

Powered by Frankly