AP-Petside.com Poll: Americans Favor No-Kill Animal SheltersPublished January 5, 2012
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According to the poll, 71 percent of pet owners feel that shelters should only be allowed to euthanize animals when they are too sick to be treated or too aggressive to be adopted. Only 25 percent said that euthanasia should be used as a means to control the animal population.
"The poll makes it clear that the majority of people would like to see communities do whatever it takes to find homes for all adoptable pets," said Kim Saunders, Vice President of Shelter Outreach and Public Relations for Petfinder.com. "This is great news because ending euthanasia is really a community effort, requiring resources and support for both increased adoption programs, outreach and accessible, affordable spay/neuter."
The poll's statistics reflect an increased feeling among Americans that more adoptable animals should be given a chance at life in a forever-loving home rather than being put down. And the numbers prove it.
In the 1970s, 12-20 million animals were being euthanized annually. Today, euthanasia numbers have declined greatly, and more animals are being adopted than ever before. These improvements are partly due to animal shelters working to ensure that their habitants find permanent homes without the threat of euthanasia if they do not.
What are your thoughts on no-kill animal shelters vs. regular animal shelters? Should euthanasia only be used when necessary or as a means to control animal population? Share your thoughts in a comment!