State of the Shelter System

Quote from The Humane Society:

“The HSUS estimates that animal shelters care for 6-8 million dogs and cats every year in the United States, of whom approximately 3-4 million are euthanized. At this time, there is no central data reporting agency for animal shelters, so these numbers are estimates…”

APWI believes that “no-kill” shelter solutions are needed in this country because every animal is a sentient being that knows joy and happiness and feels pain and fear. Each animal is an individual being that has its own interests and has certain rights just for being alive. Given that these animals do not have the ability to look after their interests or rights, it is the responsibility of the human race to aid in this endeavor.

The number of animals killed in the shelter system due to homelessness is staggering.  No-kill shelters are not equipped for long-term care and for these shelters lifelong residents represent a constant drain on resources. All Paws West is unique in that we ARE equipped for long-term care. Long term care is our mission and our purpose.

Here is some information and articles about the State of the Shelter System today and what can be done to improve it.