CAA and LSU Vet School look to partner on new shelter

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A brand new animal shelter could be headed to LSU's campus. The idea would also mean a new partnership between the Companion Animal Alliance and the LSU Vet School.

CAA board members said while LSU has committed to donating about five acres of land to the group to build a new state-of-the-art shelter, everything is just in the beginning stages.

Companion Animal Alliance will release its end of the year newsletter this week to update the public on its progress in 2013. The group reports a significant increase, 36 percent, in finding permanent homes for the animals that end up in its shelter. The community helps make much of that possible.

CAA Board Chair Christel Slaughter said the Target Zero Initiative has selected Baton Rouge to be one of three mid-sized cities in the country to be a part of its fellows program. Slaughter said this is worth about $400,000 in consulting that will help the area's animal groups pull together to help Baton Rouge work toward becoming a no-kill community.

Slaughter added ground breaking on the new shelter is still a ways away. Members hope to finalize a lease agreement with the university in the next few months and start fundraising in the first quarter of next year.

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