In 2012, Lincoln County, NC, was killing 63% of all animals who entered its pound. They finished 2020 with a placement rate of 97% for dogs, 96% for cats, and 100% for rabbits and other small animal companions.

A Federal Court this week dismissed a case seeking to overturn a San Francisco law that banned the sale of fur. It is not racist to want to end harm to animals. A class action lawsuit has been filed against the makers of Seresto flea and tick collars after reports of animal deaths. Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc., makers of Sportmix dog and cat food, which killed hundreds of animals and sickened hundreds more across the country and in as many as 35 countries around the globe is subject to another recall. The number of communities placing over 95% and as high as 99% of the animals is increasing. And finally, most people who brought home an animal last year turned to rescue/adoption. 

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The number of communities placing over 95% and as high as 99% of the animals is increasing:

And in 2012, Lincoln County, NC, was killing 63% of all animals who entered its pound. They finished 2020 with a placement rate of 97% for dogs, 96% for cats, and 100% for rabbits and other small animal companions. Here’s what happened.

These shelters and the data nationally prove that animals are not dying in pounds because there are too many or too few homes or people don’t want the animals. They are dying because people in those pounds are killing them. Replace those people, implement the No Kill Equation, and we can be a No Kill nation today.

And finally, in the midst of the worst global health crisis in a century, demand for dogs, cats, and other companions has never been higher. And most people who brought home an animal turned to rescue. A new survey found that of those who acquired an animal last year, 64% of them adopted. Here’s even more good news: For all the gloom and doom about people surrendering those animals as the pandemic ends, three things mitigate against that. First, most pet parents who adopted during the pandemic (66%) are seasoned: they already had a cat or dog at home. Second, veterinarians, trainers, and pet-related businesses like groomers and supply stores are reporting strong growth, indicating that people are investing in the health and happiness of their pets. Third, despite higher rates of vaccinations and both schools and businesses reopening, many shelters are reporting continued strength in adoption numbers.

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