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Why Pet Adoption Beats Bu

The good news about pet adoption: According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), approximately 2.7 million shelter animals (1.4 million dogs and 1.3 million cats) are adopted each year. The bad news about pet adoption is that every year, the number of shelter animals euthanized continues to escalate because homes cannot be found for them. More than half of all animals that arrive in U.S. shelters are put to death because there is a lack of space and adopters. That adds up to roughly 2.7 million dead animals every year or five out of every 10 dogs or seven of every 10 cats – a staggering 80,000 animals per week, according to pet homelessness statistics compiled by One Green Planet. That squares with stats from the ASPCA, which reports that approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, about 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats. Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats). In Los Angeles County alone, 13,975 cats and 6,470 dogs were euthanized in fiscal 2014-2015, according to the County’s Animal Care Control Euthanasia Rates. What’s most maddening to animal welfare advocates is that the vast majority of these pets were considered healthy or treatable. Thankfully, for the same period, the Humane Society estimated that the number of cats and dogs adopted from U.S. shelters each year is four million. No-Kill Movement in Pet Adoption “It’s been 20 years […]

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