Local officials say that spring and summer are breeding seasons for animals and that by holding this meeting they hope to inform the public on why it is important to adopt. Patricia Biegler says a no kill shelter is a shelter that euthanizes less than 10 percent of their animals.
Biegler says their goal is to save all of the animals and in today’s meeting she’s discussing the decrease in the Animal Control kill rates and other statistics, but because they are a public organization they have to euthanize animals to make space.
“In 2010, we euthanized almost 7,000 animals and this past year we euthanized just a little over 700 for all different reasons other than capacity. So, that is a really substantial reduction and the percentages are higher because the intake has gone down pretty considerably,” Biegler said.
Biegler says as of this year that number has decreased even more and for the first time they hit 13 percent in January and in February they did 12 percent. 2010’s rate was 79 percent.
They are also signing up people to be volunteers to help the animals become more comfortable being around people.