Shelter Intake Vs. Euthanizations

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


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.


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).