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  1. Euthanization of animals in shelters
  2. Combating overcrowding in shelters and problems with stray populations
  3. Long-term reduction efforts
  4. Population explosions
  5. Agreeing with the intentions of the NACA's mission
  6. Conclusion
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Anybody who has seen a domesticated animal wandering through a neighborhood, fallen dead alongside a busy road, or watched as a lost pet notice goes unanswered has witnessed many of the effects of a poor animal shelter system. Those who have adopted a pet out of rescue, or had a pet go missing that was never recovered are aware of shelter problems at a much more personal level. According to the Humane Society of The United States, there are currently over 160 million cats and dogs owned as pets. Of these, less than 15 percent were adopted out of animal shelters (?Overpopulation?). With so many animals being sheltered each year, those responsible for their well-being are trying to tackle the problem at hand to create the best solution for the animals and people involved. The financial restrictions and limited resources have left many shelters unable to care for all of the animals taken in, and as such, the problem becomes worse each year.

[...] Almost entirely b. 50-70% c. Less than half d. Individual donations are not significant 22% answered a answered b answered c answered d. 6.) Of the 3,500+ animal shelters in the U.S., how many do you think are considered no-kill? (ones that will not use euthanasia on animals suitable for adopted, ie. will not put animals down based on a time period or shelter population) a. 70-100% b. 50-69% c. 30-49% d. 10- 29% e. Less than answered a answered b answered c answered d answered e 7.) What do you think is the primary reason that shelters use euthanasia? [...]


[...] Please circle your answer. Background: The American Society for the Protection against Cruelty to Animals and The Humane Society of the United States are the two oldest and largest U.S.-based organizations dedicated to the welfare of animals. Both are nonprofit organizations. 1.) Have you ever owned a pet? Yes No 87% answered yes answered no 2.) If yes, how was this pet obtained? a. Animal shelter b. Pet store c. Private breeder d. Other (please explain) 45% answered a answered b answered c answered d. [...]


[...] Even with historical donations, the ASPCA's money was not enough to have a significant impact on shelter overcrowding, as pets rescued from Katrina also faced euthanasia when they could not find new homes. Donation drives, even when followed by national media focusing on the disastrous hurricane, ultimately failed to prevent or reduce any significant amount of overcrowding. During more typical conditions, the SPCA shelters nation- wide do not receive adequate money from national and local donation collections to allow for no-kill policies to be adopted at all facilities. [...]

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