Shelter Intake Vs. Euthanizations

“People that say money can’t buy happiness has clearly never paid an adoption fee.”

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According to the ASCPA, nearly 6.5 million animals arrive at various community animal shelters nationwide.

6.5 million. Consider the magnitude of that number for a moment – that’s more than the population of Texas (estimated at 28.3 million).

The three most common reasons why these animals enter shelters include:

  1. Stray animals: Often times, you’ll notice a dog lurking around a populated area, or even cats/kittens in your neighborhood. These animals are considered strays and are brought in by citizens and local law authorities. If you see a stray animal, it is important to call your local humane society to have them cared for.
  2. Animals that have been rescued from cruelty:Dog fighting rings, puppy mills, and simply abusive or neglectful homes all fall into this category. Animals that come from this category often experience a lot of trauma that can include mental and physical problems.
  3. Surrendered animals:These are animals that a person has purchased or adopted, but are no longer to care for.

Animal shelters, nationwide, have a massive amount of animals coming in each year. Considering the large number, we can understand why it is so difficult for them to find a home for each animal.

And sadly, many don’t find a home. According to the ASCPA, nearly 1.5 million animals are euthanized each year – that’s about the population of Rhode Island.

So, let’s summarize: The population of Texas is entering animal shelters each year and the population of Rhode Island is being euthanized from that because they were not placed in a home.

Why are so many animals being euthanized?

Too many people are still not adopting animals. It’s so important that we, as people who have this knowledge, share about adoption.

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Share your story.

Share the statistics.

Share that owning a mutt is wonderful.

Share about adoption benefits.

Whatever you do, just spread the word to #AdoptDontShop! Let’s continue to fight the good fight and reduce the amount of euthanized animals in shelters. Let’s get that number lower than the population of Wyoming (estimated at 577, 737).