Euthanasia Of Cats And Dogs At Shelters Decreased In September, Report Says

Euthanasia rates for both cats and dogs were down in September, 12 percent and 3 percent respectively.

Less shelter cats and dogs were euthanized in September 2011 than in September 2010.

Euthanasia of cats and dogs at animal welfare organizations declined 12 percent and 3 percent, respectively, in September compared to the same month last year, according to the September PetPoint Report issued today by Pethealth Inc.

Pethealth gathered data from animal welfare organizations that use the of Canadian company’s PetPoint application.

September marked the thirteenth consecutive month of year-on-year decline in feline euthanasia. Euthanasia and stray intakes of dogs have also declined in each of the past 13 months on a year-on-year basis, excepting May 2011. Stray intakes of cats and dogs declined year-on-year by 8 percent and 1 percent, respectively, in September.

“Among the overarching trends we’ve seen in animal welfare over the past year are declining euthanasia and declining intakes, particularly with respect to strays which have traditionally and still do account for the largest percentage of incoming dogs and cats,” said Steve Zeidman, managing director of PetPoint Solutions at Pethealth Inc. of Oakville, Ontario. “This is extremely encouraging data indicating that the tireless work of animal welfare professionals to promote responsible pet ownership is paying off.”

The September report aggregated data from 921 animal welfare organizations that used the cloud-based PetPoint software in both September 2011 and September 2010. Other year-on-year information gathered from the report included:

• Seizures of cats and dogs by law enforcement organizations increased 13 percent and 6 percent, respectively.

• Adoption of cats and dogs increased 5 percent and 2 percent, respectively.

• Cats and dogs returned to their owners increased 3 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

• Returns of cats and dogs previously adopted from the same organization increased 4 percent and declined 1 percent, respectively.

• Average adoption fees for cats less than 1 year remained the same and declined 7 percent for cats over 1 year of age.

• Average adoption fees for dogs less than 1 year increased 1 percent and declined 1 percent for dogs over 1 year of age.

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