SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - This year many are looking to make changes in their lifestyles or their finances — but what about a new pet?
Last year the Humane Society of Northwest Louisiana saw a record breaking 402 adoptions, and this year they are looking to beat that by having 500 dogs adopted.
The society gets a wide arrange of dogs from strays to purebreds, but they can only hold 50 dogs.
Many of the dogs adopted do go to families out of state so this year they are working with a local pilot to help transport adopted dogs.
“Instead of having to find transportation or having them make the 24 hour tract down here, we can put them on a personal plane and ensure that they’re safe getting to where they are going,” said director, Courtney Wingate.
Wingate says they are hoping to raise more money to help more dogs this year. Right now they spend $15,000 a month on veterinary bills, and they also go through 400 pounds of dog food a month.
The society is not only open to taking monetary donations but they will also take food donations or things like paper towels, puppy pads, dog treats and collars, and even sweaters.
“Anything that we get donated is less money that we have to take out of our bank account to spend,” Wingate said.
The society is also looking for more volunteers. They currently have 75, but would like to have 100 come out and help this year.
“We have 14 shifts a week, morning and p.m. so we have a lot of opportunities for volunteers to give back,” she said.
Wingate is working to get the word out more about the society so they can work to get the things they need.
“(We want to get) the community involved, and so (we want to have) more fundraisers and dog friendly events where people can come and hang out, (and) spend five dollars that goes back to use to care for these dogs," she said.
Their next fundraising event will be at Flying Heart Brewing & Pub on Monday January 14th. They are partnering up to host a pet fashion show.
It costs $5 to register your pet and all the money raised will go back to the Humane Society of Northwest Louisiana.
Registration starts at 6 p.m and the show will begin at 6:30 p.m.
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