Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge announced this morning it has increased its dog and cat save rate by 24 percentage points since 2013, with 74% of the animals now surviving their shelter experience. At the same time, the CAA will be asking the Metro Council to OK an approximately 43% increase in the city-parish's pet registration fees at the council meeting this evening. In an item proposed by Councilman Chandler Loupe, the nonprofit is requesting that the city-parish increase the registration fee for spayed and neutered animals from $7 to $10 and the fee for those not spayed or neutered from $14 to $20. The fees have not increased since 2008, CAA board chair Christel Slaughter says. While CAA doesn't currently receive funding from registration fees, she says, revenue generated by the proposed increases would go to the organization. The nonprofit currently receives approximately $590,000 from the city-parish general fund, Slaughter says, and it last
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Target Zero Institute, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based organization that aims to drive down euthanasia at animal shelters, has selected the Baton Rouge shelter for a three-year grant initiative. "Over a three-year period, each selected fellow city, like Baton Rouge, receives extensive training and direct technical assistance in program design and implementation, fundraising and revenue generation, effective partnership-building, board development, government affairs and fiscal management," says Christel Slaughter, board chair of Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge, a nonprofit group that runs the local shelter and is dedicated to transforming it into a no-kill facility. “The consulting and technical assistance provided to a Target Zero fellow city is estimated to be worth about $400,000.” Baton Rouge is just the third U.S. city to be selected for the Target Zero initiative, Mayor Kip Holden said at a news conference this morning. Target Zero will first conduct a...