An estimated 3 million cats and dogs are euthanized in animal shelters each year, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
Eighty percent of those animals, approximately 2.4 million, are healthy enough to have been adopted into new forever homes.
Tonight @ 5: Cecil County community outraged over a reported pending euthanization at a local shelter
There are several “no-kill” shelters established in Maryland, each aiming to keep healthy, treatable animals alive even when a shelter is full and an animal has been in their care for an extended period of time. Euthanasia is often reserved for the terminally ill or for the safety of staff members and other animals in this type of shelter.
Here is a list of just a few self-described no-kill shelters in the Maryland area:
- Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County
BARCS in South Baltimore is an open admission shelter, but had a save rate of 90% in 2018, which is equal to that of no-kill shelters.