pet adoption

Sulphur Animal Control is launching an adoption program and needs the community’s help spreading the word.

In a presentation to the Sulphur City Council at their Tuesday night meeting, Ana Ledano, assistant supervisor and adoption coordinator, said the agency has suffered from a bad reputation in large part due to the high percentage of animals euthanized at the facility annually.

According to Ledano, Sulphur Animal Control has a 57 percent euthanasia rate. Of the 257 dogs surrendered or found by the facility from January of 2017 through January of this year, 118 were euthanized. Of the 220 cats at the facility, 140 were euthanized. “Our goal is to decrease that to half,” she said.

Ledano said when Greg Spicer was named facility supervisor in 2017 he was “ready to make some big changes for us in the public’s eyes.” The adoption program was developed in response to the large volume of calls the center received from the public seeking such a program.

Maplewood Animal Hospital has agreed to work with Animal Control to provide exams, heartworm testing, shots, and spaying or neutering for adopted animals for $145 — less than just the cost of spaying or neutering at local veterinarians.

Each animal will also receive a microchip. The fee must be paid upfront and adopters will receive their animal after the vet visit.

Ledano said the public can assist this program by “liking” and sharing the Sulphur Animal Facebook page, which features pictures of the animals currently up for adoption.