Kill rates down at Fulton, DeKalb animal shelters - CBS46 News

Kill rates down at Fulton, DeKalb animal shelters

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

The organization that operates the Fulton and DeKalb County animal shelters reports that euthanasia rates have dropped dramatically.

The Lifeline Animal Project took over day-to-day responsibilities at the shelters last year.

"I wish I could hold a class and help other organizations do the same," said Lara Hudson, the director of the Fulton County shelter.

Hudson said the kill rate at the facility was nearly 65 percent in the recent past. The current rate is now just over 10 percent.

The shelter streamlined programs to focus only on those that focused on adoptions and reducing the euthanasia rate.

"I looked at the highest kill rates, at the shelters in Georgia, and saw this one pretty high so I decided to come look at the dogs," said Tralisa Noblin, who adopted a Labrador on Monday. "I told the vet tech give me the dog that's about to be euthanized, the one that's older that has a less chance of getting a home."

Hudson said the shelter is still overcrowded, but is making strides every day. She credits her staff for many of the improvements and making people feel comfortable adopting an animal.

"We have staff meetings every month to try and drive home the fact that one interaction you have with that one person may result in saving a life," said Hudson.

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