Many animals enter animal shelters without any hope of leaving. Dogs and cats are given to these shelters everyday across the united states. Only about 25% of dogs and 24% of cats are adopted, 15% are reunited with their owners, and a horrible 64% are euthanized. That is millions of animals being killed just because no one wants them. 56 percent of dogs and 71 percent of cats that enter animal shelters are euthanized. More cats are euthanized than dogs because they are more likely to enter a shelter without any owner identification. There are some dogs that when they enter the shelter they are either too aggressive or too ill, so they are put down. Most of the dogs in a shelter are lovable and adoptable. They are just put down because nobody is willing to adopt them and the shelters are running out of money and space to keep them.
The percent of animals being euthanized is increasing. Due to the economy more people are surrendering their pets because they can no longer afford to keep them. The amount of animals in shelters are increasing and causing animals to be killed sooner with hardly any time to be adopted.
Not all shelters are humane about the way they euthanize their animals. When done improperly, euthanasia can hurt the animal. Some shelters could use multiple ways of killing such as shooting or drowning. These leave the animals under a lot of stress and pain as they are killed.
To help reduce the number of dogs and cats euthanized people can have their pets spayed or neutered, put a collar on their pet, or get their pet micro-chipped. Also, people can adopt a pet rather than buy or spread the word and encourage others to adopt their companion. There are many rescue groups that go into animal shelters and take the ones they believe will be able to be adopted right before they are killed. My sister got one of these dogs and he is a fantastic dog.
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