As an animal lover and pet owner, I’m happy to share some really good news from our Animal Care Services Department. In 2014, we saw record low numbers of cat and dog impounds and euthanasia, and now in 2015 we are on track to do even better. As of this summer, we have seen a decline of 9% in dog impounds compared to this time last year, and a reduction in euthanasia of 21% for cats and 33% for dogs.
Our live adoption & release rate has increased from 49% to 59% for cats, and from 78% to 84% for dogs. And we have been able to spay or neuter more than 1,500 animals this year, bringing the total number to more than 10,000 since the spay and neuter voucher assistance program began in 2009. Spaying and neutering is the best way we can reduce our population of strays, and we’re proud of our success in this area.
I've been very clear with our team that we must do everything possible to increase adoptions so that every animal we see has a chance at living a full life with a happy family.
We have also hired a full-time Adoptions Coordinator to help increase adoptions and volunteers. This strong progress would not be possible without the incredible support of our Animal Care Services team, our volunteers, and the numerous animal rescue and advocacy groups including SPCLA, Fix Long Beach, Long Beach Spay & Neuter, Stray Cat Alliance, Friends of Long Beach Animals, West Coast Animal Rescue, Stayin' Alive, Zazzy Cats Kitty Rescue, and many others.
Our Animal Care Services Department is always looking for volunteers, and for homes that can provide either foster or permanent shelter to dogs and cats. We want to see impound and euthanasia rates continue to decline, and the contributions of volunteers are absolutely indispensable to those efforts. If you want to volunteer or adopt, please contact Animal Care Services at 562.570.7387.
I’m confident we’ll continue to see fewer animals impounded or euthanized, and more and more animals finding a loving home here in our City. One animal without a home is one too many.