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No-Kill Animal Shelter

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COTTONPORT, La. - Thanks to fundraising efforts and generous contributions, Avoyelles Parish has its first ever no-kill animal shelter. That means rescue animals will have a place to stay until they find an owner. News Channel Fives Nolan Crane shows us why animal lovers across the parish are excited for this new animal sanctuary.

Chris Burke is just one animal lover in Avoyelles Parish who is happy to see the hard work of raising money to be able to provide a no-kill animal shelter for rescue animals across the parish pay off.

"It has always been something close to my heart," says Chris Burke.

It took five years to make this dream come true, but thanks to the community, and the mayor's across Avoyelles Parish who put their support behind the shelter, now, his dream is a reality.

"I have always had animals of all sorts from a real young age to the age I am today," says Chris Burke.

This animal shelter in Cottonport is currently a temporary home to cats and dogs, but Chris says his dream is to see this building expand and take care of every animal.

"Horses, cows, euros, turtles, cats, anything that god created can find a place in my life," says Chris Burke.

Most of these animals are here, thanks to one woman: Darlene Gormsen, who has rescued more than 100 cats and dogs, and given them a second chance.

"I've loved animals all my life. I was raised with so many animals. My dad was an animal lover and we used to pick up strays and we'd love them and take care of them. I just have a passion for animals. That's my past time, that's my joy," says Darlene Gormsen.

Every animal in this shelter has a story about the condition they were found.

"She was just skin and bones," says Chris Burke.

But now they have best friends to thank and take care of them, until they find a place to permanently call home.

"She needs a lot of love and a lot of care and they probably will spend the rest of there days with us and we're going to give them a good home and watch over them," says Darlene Gormsen.

"When you see an animal that is in distress, if you see an animal that is being abused just don't shake your head. Standup and do something about it," says Chris Burke.

More than 170-thousand dollars was raised to build the first non-kill animal shelter in Avoyelles Parish and the grand opening was this Saturday.

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