There simply aren’t enough loving homes to adopt all these animals. Animal lovers who work in shelters must choose which animals will be euthanized and which have another day to live. Often highly adoptable animals are killed simply because their “time is up.”
They are euthanized simply to make room for another animal. Those that don’t make it to shelters rarely survive for more than a few years on their own, dying from starvation, disease, climate and accidents.
* Despite this disturbingly high number, be aware that a mere 20 years ago, 50,000 animals were euthanized in this country on a daily basis. The 80% reduction is largely due to increased low-cost spay and neuter programs across the country. Pet owners like you are making a difference.
Typically, a single city will end up spending millions of dollars a year to manage and take care of unwanted animals.
For those of us who are animal lovers, spay/neuter programs like those offered by ARC ease the EMOTIONAL COST that comes with the knowledge that thousands of animals are killed each day due to overcrowding.
And those who aren’t drawn to animals should understand that spay/neuter programs are a way to ease the ECONOMIC COST of animal control services in their communities.
Subsidized programs like ours ensure that everyone has access to low-cost spay/neuter surgeries that are proven to reduce the homeless pet populations in communities where they are offered.