Metro Animal Control hopes to save pets from being put down by joining forces with nonprofit rescue organizations.
Friday, the group Pet ResQ 911 became the first organization to partner with the shelter.
“It's critical for good rescues to work with Animal Control. They do a daunting job to begin with,” said Nina Ground with Pet ResQ 911.
Abandoned animals are often euthanized, but the non-profit's purpose is to rescue pets from the shelter, foster them and get them adopted.
“If the rescue groups truly come out and are willing to take these animals in, it will make a huge impact,” said Judy Ladebauche with Metro Animal Control.
Ladebauche hopes for more cat rescues. She said there are very few of them compared to dog rescues and the shelter is overrun with cats.
The shelter would like to partner with other nonprofit animal rescue organizations in the future.
Those that agree to will receive a 50-percent discount on the application fee for animals that have spent two or more weeks in the adoption area at the shelter.
Applications are available at Metro Animal Care and Control located at 5125 Harding Place or room 208 at the Metro Public Health Department's Lentz Health Center, 311 23rd Avenue North.