Animal control center killing fewer animals, finding homes for more, city says

Columbus’ Animal Care and Control Center has seen a huge drop in the number of animals it kills, according to a release from the city.

In the first two months of 2011, the center put down 73 percent of the animals it took in. In the same period this year, that rate dropped to 46 percent, which is below the state rate of 62 percent and the national rate, which varies between 60 and 70 percent, the release said.

“It is our goal to never have to put down a healthy animal, but that goal requires an aggressive adoption effort and a dedicated volunteer network,” said Pat Biegler, Director of Public Service who oversees the city’s ACCC. “The Save-A-Pet program that we adopted last year has implemented innovative efforts and partnerships with rescue groups and many others to help us achieve this dramatic improvement.”

The center’s adoption rate has also improved, Biegler said, doubling from 27 percent in early to 54 percent so far this year.

“Thanks to our marketing, social networking and off-site adoption efforts, the Columbus community is learning that ACCC has wonderful pets for adoption,” Biegler said. “We collaborate with our partner PAWS next door and we also have our own ACCC adoption efforts.”