Hundreds of cats and dogs pass through these kennels each year at the Dothan Animal Shelter. For many of them, they won't make it out alive.
“We know that Dothan has doubled the pet over population problem of other cities our size in the country and the way we're going to tackle that, and not literally be overrun by cats and dogs or sadly having them be euthanized at the Dothan animal shelter we've got to get a grip on this problem.”
Executive director of the center, Amanda Arnold says since March 2009, the Wiregrass Spay and Neuter Alliance has treated thousands of animals, offering low cost spay and neuter services.
“We know that when we have done over six thousand animals there are potentially 41,000 fewer born and are unwanted and neglected and euthanized.”
Even with those numbers, about 42 percent of cats and dogs are euthanized throughout the country.
Just to give you a little perspective of the importance of spaying and neutering your animal, for one city block that has 30 children, five cats and five dogs, within a five year span that population will grow to 30 children, 888 dogs, and almost 2000 cats.
Even with those harsh numbers, the animal shelter's euthanasia rate has dropped by 22 percent since 2007. Those with the shelter say bringing attention to pet overpopulation leads to a decrease in the amount of euthanasia deaths.
"I think the smallest drop I've seen was somewhere around 10 percent you know and I've seen it up to 78 percent."
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