Tanger to host Dog Adoption day July 4

Staff Report

Friends of the Animals in partnership with Tanger Mall and Starbucks will host a star spangled Dog Adoption Day from 1-4 p.m. on July 4.

Friends of the Animals’ mission is to encourage and improve the humane treatment of animals at EBR Animal Control and Rescue by providing volunteers, resources, programs and education while increasing the number of animals adopted through fostering and partnerships.

“We will have great dogs and a slew of puppies on hand, all have been spay/neutered with their shots and microchipped. Come see Maggie, Lavergne and Shirley, Zack and a whole host of patriotic puppies.” said Paula Schoen, president of Friends. “Bring home some red white and blue big hearted love to add to your family.”

Many of the dogs can be seen on the Friends website:  HYPERLINK "" or on Petfinders   HYPERLINK "" .

Find Friends on Facebook, too.

Working in partnership with many of the other animal activities in the Baton Rouge community to reach the goal of no kill, including Yelp, Project Purr and the various rescue groups, the primary focus this year of the Friends of the Animals BR is to build a robust Adoption and Foster Family program for the animals at EBR Animal Control and Rescue.

The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA has a Foster Program of close to 1000 individuals and was able to have over a ninety  save rate for the animals that it receives. With a program modeled on this success the Friends of the Animals hopes to reduce the euthanasia rate at EBR Animal Control and Rescue that is one of the worst in the country at around 80 percent kill rate.

Other activities of the Friends of the Animals BR include volunteering at EBR Animal Control and Rescue shelter to help reduce the disease rate and to ensure the animals get adequate nutrition and exercise.

There will be opportunities for youth groups and children as well. New hours at EBR Animal Control and Rescue are Monday –Friday 10a.m. to 7 p.m. Also the public may now view dog and cat strays as potential pets, a new policy change that may help increase adoptions. For further information on how to get involved please contact  HYPERLINK "" or  HYPERLINK ""