There's a healthier outlook for the dogs and cats at the Iberia Parish Animal Control. A new director took over in January and says the shelter is moving in the right direction with a lot of plans in the works.
Last year, the shelter came under fire by animal activists for what they say were unhealthy, crowded conditions and too few adoptions. But today, it's a different story, according to new director Krista Burgett, who said she and her team are changing the direction.
"We have increased our rate of save from what it was last year between January and March from 25% to 52%, so it's going really well," said Burgett.
And there were several empty cages Wednesday. Burgett says keeping up their Facebook adoption page has meant the difference between life and death of many animals.
"Social media has helped tremendously," said Burgett. "We've gone from where we've had one to two people every couple of days and now it's three to four families at a time and we're scrambling."
But of course, not all animals have a happy ending. It's just one of the heartbreaking realities at the shelter. One dog suffering from mange, a completely preventable disease and will have to be put down tomorrow. Burgett says cases like this mean people must be educated on how to take care of their animals. And they have a program in the works to do just that.
"One of our animal workers actually wants to start an education program where maybe we can get a senior service animal to help educate kids on how to care for their animals and why spay/neuter is so important and vaccination," said Burgett.
The shelter is hoping to expand their facility to include a separate cat house and a safe play area for the dogs.
You can find them on Facebook at "Animal of IPAC."