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|Winnsboro shelter animals go on World Wide Web|
People interested in adopting a pet from the animal shelter in Winnsboro can now get a look at available animals on the Internet.
Franklin Animal Rescue (FAR) has recently started posted pictures of homeless dogs and cats on Petfinder.com, an online database of adoptable animals.
"They have a list of animals that need to be adopted from all over the world and now we have one set up for Franklin Parish," said Rene Anglin of FAR.
On the Web site, pictures of the animals can be seen with a brief description beside a link with information on how to adopt.
"We have tried to put in some of the background of these animals to let people know where they came from and what kind of shape they are in. It's to let people know what to expect when they are thinking about adopting," said Anglin.
FAR requires an adoption application to be completed, a veterinary reference and a home visit to adopt.
Adoption fees are $75 for dogs and $60 for cats. The fee includes their spay/neuter, vaccinations up to the day they are adopted, deworming and heartworm test.
FAR is a non-profit organization comprised of local residents that formed after it was revealed dogs at the shelter had been neglected.
In late March, dogs were discovered at the shelter without food or water that had been feeding off the carcass of another dog.
City officials said the dogs had been left unattended for three days. The shelter had been cleaned a few hours after officials were questioned by reporters. A new automated water system has since been installed for shelter animals kept outside and city officials are working on plans to build a new shelter at an undisclosed location.
Officials from the Franklin Parish Sheriff's Department recently confirmed that they will ask the Louisiana State Police to open a criminal investigation into the matter.
Petfinder.com was created in early 1996 as a grassroots project by Jared and Betsy Saul to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets. Since its inception, the site has facilitated approximately 20 million adoptions, making it the most life-saving initiative in animal welfare.
Sponsors include The Animal Rescue Site, BISSELL Homecare, Inc., a manufacturer of home cleaning and floor care products, PETCO, PetFirst Healthcare pet insurance and Merial.
Local animals can be found on the Web site a http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/LA249.html.
The Franklin Sun has started a "Pet of the Week" feature where shelter animals that need a home can be seen. This issue's Pet of the Week can be seen on page 6A.