Alley Cat Allies - When we think of our local animal shelters, there are the success stories that we all love to tell—a rescued cat finding a safe new home, a heroic account of rehabilitation from illness or injury, or the heartwarming story of the cat on your lap right now.
But have you ever wondered what happens to all of the cats who go through the shelter doors and you don’t hear about?
Alley Cat Allies has put together a list of four things everyone needs to know about our shelter system that aren't what you would expect:
1. Most cats that enter our nation’s pounds and shelters don’t come out alive. Take a cat to a shelter or pound, and she might be adopted - but the likelihood is that she will be killed. At least seven of every ten cats in shelters are killed there. As for feral cats, nearly 100% are killed in shelters because they aren't adoptable.
2. More cats are killed in pounds and shelters than die from any other documented cause. That means more cats die in our sheltering system than from known causes including injury, abuse, disease, or old age.
3. Most pounds and shelters aren't required by law to keep track of how many cats they kill. Most shelters don’t report the number of cats killed to their state, and states that do require reporting typically don’t make those reports accessible to the public. Few pounds and shelters voluntarily reveal the number of animals they kill.
4. The policies of the shelter system are not aligned with what Americans want. The majority of Americans believe it is more humane to leave a cat outside than have her caught and killed. The shelter system provides poor justifications for killing healthy animals, like “We kill them to alleviate future suffering” or “We kill them because we don’t have any room for them.” But there’s nothing “necessary” about killing healthy animals.
Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. By establishing and promoting standards of care, Alley Cat Allies has brought humane treatment of cats into the national spotlight, now embraced by major cities and animal protection organizations coast to coast. To learn more about how you can help homeless cats visit, www.alleycat.org.