Local shelter takes different approach to help abandoned pets
Pet owners are surrendering or abandoning their animals faster than local shelters can adopt them out. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- On average, more than 100 animals are taken to local shelters around Las Vegas every day.
That's why one organization is hoping a little education can go a long way to curb the problem.
"A good percentage of the community doesn't even realize that they euthanize animals here," James Williamson with the Little Friends Foundation said. "We euthanize more than just about every major city in the United States."
The reason being that pet owners are surrendering or abandoning animals faster than local shelters can find new homes for them.
The Little Friends Foundation opened last year to alleviate some pressure from larger animal shelters. They've outgrown their location near Sunset and Eastern, and are moving to a new space in North las Vegas.
Although it doesn't look like much yet, within a few weeks it will be a fully-functional shelter.
Without the help of government funds, Little Friends is going after pet adoptions a different way, with no euthanasia and more education.
"A lot of it is owner responsibility and most of it is owner compassion," Williamson said. "To realize that once you take an animal, that is your animal and regardless of the circumstances, they need to be a part of the family."