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Animal advocates say ‘No-Kill Utah’ initiative saved 48,000 animals in 2015

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah is on its way to becoming the second no-kill state in the country.

Best Friends Animal Society is celebrating two years of the No-Kill Utah initiative Sunday, and a new report says the save rate in the Beehive State has gone up seven points from last year to reach a total of 84.4 percent.

Best Friends Animal Society says that increase means about 48,000 dogs and cats were saved from euthanasia last year, and that is a continuation of the success they've seen since the initiative began.

“In 2013, right before the launch of the coalition, there were about 12,000 healthy and treatable animals killed in our state shelters, and last year we'd reduced that to just 3,300,” said Arlyn Bradshaw, Executive Director at Best Friends Animal Society in Utah.

The No-Kill Utah initiative has a goal to make Utah a no-kill state by 2019. New Hampshire is currently the only no-kill state in the U.S.

For more information about the No-Kill Utah initiative, click here.

6 comments

    • Rick

      Eric
      “No Kill” is actually a bit of a misnomer – animals unfit to be returned to the public due to ‘issues’ were quietly eliminated or farmed out to groups which specialize in a particular issue (aggression, specific breed issue, veterinary issue etc.). Those which were deemed ‘adoptable’ were the ones they’re touting as ‘saved’.
      I do wish we could direct more attention toward the root cause of the pet overpopulation problem, but many involved in the cause don’t want to admit their involvement. We’ve got too many animals already. Quit making more!

    • Eric

      Many of these “saved” animals get sent to homes who then recycle them back into the shelter system. We can’t keep saving them all as there are already overcrowding at the shelters. people just need to stop breeding them!

  • EatPlantsNotAnimals

    And guess what these saved animals eat, more animals. Who wins in this situation. Not animals, not the enviornment.

  • Rusty Jay Media Works

    AN INTELLIGENT AND MORAL UPRIGHT ENDEAVOR. PROUD OF UTAH TO SET THE STANDARD FOR THE REST OF THE 48 STATES YET TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR IT’S COMPANION FOOTPRINT! APPLAUSE!!!!

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