Chattanooga, TN (WDEF): A group from Cleveland makes great strides to decrease the number of euthanized animals in their area.
Organizers of Cleveland for a No Kill City say no animals have died since November. Beth Foster, Cleveland No Kill City Organizer said, "In June I believe we were running at about a 70-75% kill rate. Now the rate is somewhere between 2-3%, so we are saving 95 plus percent of the animals that go in there." Betti Gravelle with the Cleveland for a No Kill City stated this mission would have never been possible without Facebook. Gravelle said, "Theres volunteers and they go to animal control and take pictures every single day, and they list the information on the animal, an ID number, how long that animal has to live, was it a stray turned in, and if it was found what avenue or street it was found on."
The page has more than 6000 followers that share the pictures to their facebook friends. With the help of volunteers..the group has been able to give animals new homes as far away as Oregon. Gravelle said, "The adoption has sky rocketed and its now at about 90%. I still tell people do not take your pet to animal control. It is going to be easier for you to find a home for one or two animals than it is to find a home for thousands."
There are also volunteers working around the clock to manage a 24 hour hotline, so every animal has a second chance at life. Foster said, "Anytime of the day or night that you see an animal in our shelter that you want to adopt you can call our number and someone will help you get that animal adopted."
For more information you can like their facebook page by searching Cleveland for a No Kill City.