SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) The number of dogs and cats adopted out in 2013 increased considerably.
As you walk the kennels in the shelter at the Scottsboro Animal Control Center the sound of 15 dogs barking resonates loudly against the concrete walls. That's a low number, and something the shelter hasn't experienced in a while.
In 2012 the shelter housed a lot more animals than what are there currently. Only 67 were adopted that year. Many of them had to be put down.
Last year, that changed. 250 animals were adopted out. That's an increase of almost 300 percent.
This is where Heather Carlin comes in. "I was hired on in 2013. So in 2012 the guys that were here they worked really hard to get dogs adopted but I had a lot of rescue contacts, connections," Carlin says, "So when I was hired on here I kind of brought them over with me."
Over the course of last year Carlin and the team at the shelter worked with those contacts to get more animals adopted out. Slowly the number of animals they had to put down decreased and the number of animals adopted out increased. "That's what we strive for," Carlin says, "We want to get them homes, and not have to euthanize them."
Scottsboro Mayor Melton Potter says that goal resonates in city council meetings."Back in the summer we discussed the issue of maybe going to a no-kill city. We're not at that point yet, but we're working toward that."
This increase in adoptions isn't a step in the right direction, it's a leap.
As Carlin walks the kennels and sees fewer dogs, knowing they are in good homes, it's a sense of motivation to keep going.
It's also a sense of a team-effort accomplishment. "Thank goodness," Carlin says.
If you would like to learn more about fostering a dog or a cat, or taking one home to keep shelter officials ask that you call them. That number is (256) 259 6511. You can also email for more information. That email address is firstname.lastname@example.org