Ruston addresses growing animal issues with groundbreaking on new shelter

Litter of puppies in animal shelter. Australian Shepherds

Mayor Ronny Walker and the City of Ruston will host a groundbreaking event to recognize the community effort for animals in need.

The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. today at 1212 McAllister Street.

Last month, Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter (OPAS) moved to no longer take in animals from outside that parish, which makes this new shelter very helpful for homeless animals within Lincoln Parish bounds. Prior to OPAS’s decision, when Lincoln Parish’s two rescue shelters — 4 Paws and Simply Southern — did not have space available for any new stray or owner-surrendered animals, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office had been transporting animals it to OPAS, which charges a per dog fee and also euthanizes animals based on space and overcrowding.

A media release from the City of Ruston stated, “The need is significant as community shelters and kennels are reaching full capacity. Animal shelters play a vital role in uniting animals with new owners, reuniting animals with their owners, advocating animal health with spay and neuter programs, and celebrating our community connection with adoption events.”


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