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Euthanisia ~ How do we compare to national average

by Lenny Leatherman –

The Humane Society of the United States states on their website that:

“In the 1970s, American shelters euthanized 12-20 million dogs and cats, at a time when there were 67 million pets in homes. Today, shelters euthanize around 4 million animals, while there are more than 135 million dogs and cats in homes.  This enormous decline in euthanasia numbers—from around 25 percent of American dogs and cats euthanized every year to about 3 percent—represents substantial progress. We will make still greater progress by working together to strike at the roots of animal overpopulation.”

How does the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter’s kill rate compare to the national average? That’s not an easy question to answer without knowing precisely how the Humane Society made their calculations.

However, facts are stubborn things! And a fact that is seared into my mind that I cannot move past, is that we have people working for the city who can slaughter 30 to 40 helpless adoption ready puppies at one time and act as if all is well at the “shelter”.

I cannot look the other way and pretend that ‘all is well’ when it’s obviously not! We have a serious problem that cannot solve itself, and playing a ‘shell game’ with employees does nothing but exacerbate the problem and infuriate the public!  

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