Human beings, as part of their evolution process, domesticated the wolf approximately 13,000 years ago, from then on, with the passage of time, pets began to occupy a very important space in man's life, they became an essential part of the communities.
However, the excessive growth, partly due to the irresponsibility of owners, in addition to market saturation, often illegal, created a phenomenon of abandonment that led to a crisis that reached 378,000 pets euthanized in 2022.
#NoKill2025 Update: Another state has become no-kill! ðŸŽ‰ Congrats to Vermont for joining the no-kill state list with NH and DE.— Best Friends (@bestfriends) May 31, 2023
An additional three states were close to reaching this landmark in 2022: RI, ND, ME, & MT. https://t.co/MF7G2T4jEV ^st pic.twitter.com/qQYXsDr8sj
According to a report published by Best Friends Animal Society, a leading animal welfare organization working to end the culling of dogs and cats in shelters, due to increased numbers of pets left behind and a decline in adoptions.
However, it also showed that almost 60% of the increase came from just 1% of shelters, which were mainly large municipal agencies.
Recent data revealed that dogs purchased from breeders and pet stores have increased steadily in recent years.
Dog adoptions stalled at just under 1 million last year, while intake increased to approximately 100,000 pets (most of which were stray dogs).
According to statistics, the number of pets entering shelters nationwide was 4.4 million, which represents an increase of 1.6% compared to 2021.
Although cats and dogs entered shelters at a rate Similarly, cats constituted 55% of the sacrifices while dogs 45%. Cats remain the most vulnerable in shelters, especially during “kitten season,” the summer months when cats breed and kittens flood shelters.
Five states account for 54% of the total number of dogs and cats euthanized in 2022 (Texas, California, North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia).