East Ridge adopts "no kill" animal shelter policy

EAST RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) -- An East Tennessee city has adopted a "no-kill" policy for its animal shelter.

The East Ridge shelter will not destroy healthy, adoptable animals for arbitrary reasons or because of crowding.

Only dangerous animals and those who are too sick to be treated at reasonable expense will be euthanized.

City officials say the shelter is using a combination of volunteers, foster care, rescue partnerships and a comprehensive adoption program to care for animals brought to the shelter.

The shelter maintained a euthanasia rate of less than 10 percent in the final months of last year and adopted the standard as policy for 2013.

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