With the continuing negative publicity over the operations of the Caddo Animal Shelter, the positive contributions of PAWS4LIFE (P4L), deserves special attention and recognition. Founded in August 2015, this local non profit corporation was and it is modeled after many nation wide animal rescue groups that work to save dogs and cats from being euthanized.
This P4L mission is to have a zero euthanasia rate for all Caddo “adoptable” animals (A veterinarian or professional trainer assesses the animals to determine if suitable to be a family pet, i.e. trainable, disease free/treatable and free of aggression)
Through the efforts of the P4L volunteers over 1800 plus canines have been saved by relocating the dogs to other rescues groups in Louisiana and across the nation. In so doing, the euthanasia rate for the shelter has been reduced from by thirty per cent—from eighty two (82%) per cent of the intake animals to fifty (52%) two per cent. Prior to the efforts of P4L the Caddo shelter had never adopted out over 180 animals in a year.
P4L non paid volunteers (along with other animal shelter advocates) bathe, groom, socialize, photograph and transport animals locally to boarding facilities, veterinarian clinics, rescues and foster families. P4L makes two dog transports of thirty five dogs each month to rescue groups in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Iowa; in total, dog transports have been made to over twenty five other states. In March of this year the first feline transport was made to the New York.
P4L is funded solely by tax deductible donations and contributions from individuals and businesses; all P4L funds are directed to the care and transport of animals for adoption. Recently P4L received an anonymous donation of thirty ($30,000) thousand dollars for a transport van that greatly facilities their bimonthly transports and saves many hours and expenses for the P4L volunteers.
P4L has an extensive public education outreach program to promote public awareness of the importance of canine heartworm prevention, parvo puppy disease, vaccinations a micro chipping of family peps. P4L also partners with the Pet Education Project to turn kids into “animal heroes.”