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Animal kill shelters need to stop

Every year 920,000 sheltered animals are killed each year according to ASPCA which stands for American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The number of animals that are euthanized in shelters has gone down since 2011 when it was 2.6 million animals a year.

I believe that animal kill shelters are extremely wrong and all of them should be shut down. While overpopulation might be a problem, I think a big problem is breeders and there won’t be a change until breeding cats and dogs is illegal without a license to do so.

About 6.3 million animals get put into shelters each year, about 810,000 of those animals are returned to their owners about 4.1 million of those animals are adopted but the rest are wrongfully put down because of over spacing in the shelters. People are more likely to adopt puppies, kittens, and young animals which means majority of the animals euthanized are older ones.

If animal shelters don’t have room for more animals, I think they should try harder on advertising and trying to get people to buy the animals there rather than killing the animals that aren’t getting sold. Too many innocent cats and dogs die each year alone because the shelters pick up more animals than they can handle and don’t want to spend money and resources on a pet that won’t sell.

Shelters in Pennsylvania killed 4,079 cats and dogs this year and only 42 of the 85 shelters in Pennsylvania are no-kill shelters according to bestfriends.org. Fortunately, there are no kill shelters in Zelienople or Cranberry Township.

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