There’s good news ahead for dogs and cats in two northwest Louisiana parishes: Shreveport is getting a new dog park, and the Sabine Parish Animal Shelter is making progress toward becoming a zero-wager facility. to death.

In Shreveport, the Southern Hills Business Association is leading the way in building the city’s second dog park. It will be located at Southern Hills Community Park on Bert Kouns.

A rendering of the site of Shreveport’s second dog park at Southern Hills Community Park on Bert Kouns.

Plans for a Revolutionary Friday were postponed due to weather. It is not known when a new date will be set.

KTBS will update more information on the plans when they become available from SHBA.

In the parish of Sabine, the parish shelter was selected by best friends networkthrough an existing partnership with Acadiana Animal Help in Carencro, to become a no kill refuge. Sabine is already on track hitting the 73% live release mark, an improvement from more than 49% before connecting with Acadiana, said shelter manager Lisa Butler.

Butler points out that that doesn’t mean Sabine won’t have to slaughter some animals. Euthanasia is only used on critically ill or “very aggressive” animals that cannot be adopted, Butler said.

“All adoptable animals will leave the shelter alive,” Butler said.

Sabine Animal Shelter Transportation

Cats and dogs were transported from Sabine Animal Shelter last month to an animal shelter for adoption. (Courtesy of Sabine Animal Sanctuary)

Sabine regularly transports cats and dogs to other shelters, but primarily through Acadiana. The shelter in neighboring Vernon Parish has the same working relationship.

The combined efforts allow grant funds to cover the cost of neutering and neutering all animals prior to adoption. Special attention is also given to colonies of feral cats and their neutering, neutering and returning to the region from which they came.

“It takes a group effort to get there. It took a long time to get to where we are,” Butler said. “Our goal is to be 90% live. With (Best Friends Network) we can do it. Other shelters can too. They just need someone to help them outside their shelter.