NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Officials from Metro Animal Control and Care (MACC) said Wednesday it has had a dramatic reduction in the number of cats and dogs that are euthanized.
According to MACC, over the last three years euthanasia rates at the shelter have dropped from 76 percent to 9 percent, which is a record for the facility.
“While our ultimate goal is to ensure that no healthy animal is ever euthanized, the tremendous progress in reducing our euthanasia rate over the past few years is quite remarkable,” Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said.
Shelter officers told News 2 the dramatic reduction in euthanasia is multi-faceted and includes things like a willingness to work with the media about animals with special needs that need to be adopted.
“We care. We have so much heart and we want to place these animals,” said spokeswoman Rebecca Morris.
The agency also said it is working closely and regularly with outside agencies that are equipped and financially poised to take in sick animals and those that need more time to be rehabilitated before they are ultimately adopted.
“We have over 45 placement partners here at MACC,” Morris said. “They come in weekly assisting us with moving dogs that medically cannot go on the adoption floor, or maybe they are afraid or scared.”
Morris added the agency is also more proactive and offers adoption specials regularly.
“You will sit down and talk with an adoption counselor, but if $5 is what it takes to get you in here to meet the love of your life, that is what we will do to help these animals find a forever home,” she said.
MACC also credits consistent improvements in animal care expanding volunteer and foster programs in the lower euthanasia rates.
Metro Animal Care and Control is located at 5125 Harding Place and is open Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.