download.jpegBy Brooke Mortsolf

Each year the Humane Society releases a report on how many animals were adopted, in particular cats and dogs. On average, there are approximately 6.5 million dogs and cats entering in to shelters each year and only 3.2 million animals that come into the shelters get adopted. Also, each year there are 1.5 million shelter animals that get euthanized.

Shelter Infographic.pngDuring 2017 in Kansas, about 4,103 dogs and 4,473 cats were adopted. The Humane Society also recorded that there were 1,701 animals transferred to a rescue facility throughout the 2017 year. The Humane Society only euthanizes if the animal has behavioral, health, or overpopulation problems. One of the things the Humane Society is known for is helping reunite animals with their families and in Kansas, they were able to reunite around 418 animals. There were also 397 animals that were not a dog or a cat that were adopted in 2017. The Humane Society also offers spay and neuter services to help with overpopulation. There were 1,145 animals that were euthanized by the request of their owners.

Since January 1, 2018, the Kansas Humane Society has already counted that 7,194 animals have been adopted.


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Brooke Mortsolf is an English and Digital Communications major at the University of Saint Mary