Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11)- Mayor Greg Fischer helped kick off a new program in Louisville, aimed at reducing the number of healthy, adoptable animals euthanized in the city.
The partnership involves the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Metro Animal Services, the Kentucky Humane Society and Alley Cat Advocates.
The Louisville agencies saw nearly 20,000 homeless animals come through their doors last year.
The goal is to help Louisville reach its goal of having a 90 percent live release rate from animal services in five years.
“To achieve our goals, we have to increase the number of lost animals that are being reunited with their owners, we have to stress the importance of early sterilization of dogs and cats, and we have to be proactive in finding ways for families in financial distress keep their pets,” says Mayor Fischer.
Funds from the ASPCA will be used to improve adoption programs, reduce intake and increase the availability of low-cost spay and neuter programs.