Many are strays picked up by animal control. Some have been seized for cruelty. Others are surrendered by their owners for various reasons: can't care for it, too big, too old, accidental litter, etc.
You are correct: very rarely, more exactly - almost never, does the adoption fee cover the costs. This is why we - and the animals - depend on donations. Many times we use money out of our (volunteers) own pockets because there is no other way. Once we are all broke... well, you'll figure it out!
We rely, primarily, on donations from the public. We occasionally receive grant money from various organizations. Animal Aid for Vermilion Area has no paid staff and has no facility. Our administrative overhead is very small and includes purchases for administrative tasks (folders, paper, envelopes, stamps, etc.), website hosting, and adoption event preparation, though most supplies are donated.
Yes, you can become a monthly sponsor. Contact us for more info! You can share their Petfinder link on social media.
The short answer is PROBABLY NOT! Your puppies/kittens will most probably be euthanized right away.
The Vermilion Parish pound is strictly about animal and rabies control. Their mission is NOT to place pets. Found pets have 4 days to be claimed by their owners before they are euthanized. Surrendered pets can be killed immediately. The only way they will get out of there alive is if a rescue group agrees to take them. The problem is there are so many pets that need good homes. The situation for kittens is even worse.
A pound is not a healthy place. Puppies, kittens or weakened animals are more susceptible to diseases carried by other pets who end up there.
NO, WE DON'T, ON THE CONTRARY! We are not killing pets, the pound is. If you cannot keep your pet, bringing him to the pound is a death sentence.
You are confusing the pound (i.e. the Animal and Rabies Control for Vermilion Parish) with us (Animal Aid for Vermilion Area). We struggle every day to remove pets from the pound before they are killed, and find a solution - rescue groups, private adopters, or foster homes - to keep them safe. This is an endless and very disheartening battle. Especially since our financial resources are limited, and we have few foster homes. Can you help us? If so, visit our volunteer tab.
Have any more specific questions, suggestions, inquiries or concerns? No problem! Please visit our CONTACT US page for more info.