Opinion

Collaboration helps shelter reduce kill rate

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The campaign to find homes for stray or unwanted dogs has made much progress in recent years.

Still, nationally about a third of dogs entering animal shelters across the country are euthanized, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Sadly, the kill rate at the Huntington Cabell Wayne Animal Control Shelter has been even higher in past years.

But thanks to a collaborative effort by shelter staff, volunteers and active rescue groups, the local shelter has dramatically reduced the number of dogs euthanized, and Saturday animal activists were celebrating that success.

 About 667 of the 2,057 animals accepted at the shelter have been euthanized so far in 2015, putting the rate in line with the national average, and down significantly from the 1,479 animals euthanized by this time in 2014.

The new initiatives include working closely with animal rescue groups…

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