“Rescue” has always been our favorite breed! It saddens us to see the amount of animals being euthanized throughout the years simply because of over population. However, the number of animals being euthanized is dropping. Good Sit has been following local Los Angeles shelters and rescues, as well as researching news articles and blog posts from resourceful organizations. It is true, Los Angeles, CA is on their way to becoming a No-Kill City! We are so excited for this movement and hope that every city and state will soon reach NO-KILL STATUS!
The relentless efforts of rescue organizations and shelters has been outstanding. The constant education of the importance of adoption and spay/neuter is crucial. We, the humans, have done this to these poor animals. It is up to us to change it and quit the unnecessary act of euthanizing simply because of over breeding and over population.
The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control reports statistics on their website because they feel that transparency is an important part of being a public agency. They are an “open” admission organization, which means they take in all animals from areas they serve regardless of age, health or temperament. We know that sometimes, whether because of human fault, or genetic ailment, an animal is simply un-adoptable. However, there are thousands of adoptable animals brought into Los Angeles shelters.
Over a decade ago, former mayor, James Hanh called for Los Angeles to become a no-kill city by 2008. Unfortunately, we did not reach that goal. In 2008, still 50% of animals who came into Los Angeles Shelters were euthanized. By 2015 this number dropped by 25%, about 14,000 animals. We are very happy to say that this number has significantly dropped, we are still not where we want to be but we ware heading in the right direction. Below is a chart that displays the number of animals who have been euthanized throughout the last six years. We are not there yet, but we are on our way!
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By - Ashlee Clement
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