Animal Shelters

“Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. We estimate that the number of dogs and cats entering U.S. shelters annually has declined from approximately 7.2 million in 2011. The biggest decline was in dogs (from 3.9 million to 3.3 million)”. I believe that cats and dogs should not be euthanized unless they are very sick or too old to do anything on their own because they should be able to live out their life to the full extent. If animal shelters run out of space they should create other places for people to volunteer at and get community service hours or just to do something to take up their free time. Every year about 1.5 million animals that are in shelters are euthanized, 670,000 dogs / 860,000 cats). The number of cats and dogs that are euthanized in the U.S. shelters has declined from about 2.6 million in 2011.The decline can be given credit to the fact that the percentage of animals adopted and the increase in the number of stray animals successfully returned to their owners.