It's horrible to think, but over 1.5 million companion animals are euthanized each year in animal shelters because they are either too old; deemed unloved or behaviorally unsound.
There are more wandering cats than dogs in the United States; and thus, cats are at a higher risk of being put down. In U.S. shelters, roughly 860,000 cats are euthanized and 670,000 dogs.
To reduce these numbers, prospective pet owners should consider pet adoption at local animal rescues.
The annual Clear the Shelters event is this Saturday, August 17, 2019.