How Can We Lower the Number of Animals Being Euthanized Each Year? (by Petra Crebs)


Petra3I chose to research “How can we lower the number of animals being euthanized each year?”

I learned during my project that there are many shelters out there that are not putting pets down just because they can’t adopt them out. They rather find solution on how to keep them and involve the community. I found out about myself that it was hard to the research and to see the high numbers of Euthanasia most shelters perform. I did enjoy to read about shelters that overcame the high numbers of putting pets down, and actually shrank the numbers by up to a 1/3.

The Research

Article 1:

“Animal Protection and Education.” Animal Protection and Education. Word Press, 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 23 May 2014. <;.

This article is giving 11 steps on how to end Euthanasia. It goes through each possible step from a Federal Cat TNR Program, to low cost spay and neuter services, rescue groups, foster care, comprehensive adoption, pet retention, medical an behavior programs, public relations/community involvement, volunteers, proactive redemption and a compassionate director.

Article 2:

Wenstrup, John , and Alexis Dowidchuk. “PET OVERPOPULATION: DATA AND MEASUREMENT ISSUES IN SHELTERS.” . EBSCO , n.d. Web. 25 May 2014. <;.

The article is about pet overpopulation in animal shelters. They are stating that it is hard to analyze data about how many animals get euthanized every year. The data they collected is to find the cause of why shelters are over populated. The data was collected over a 3-months period with 186 shelters participating. Included in the data were policies of the shelters. The hardest thing was shelters not wanting to share their data.


Article 3:

Boks, Ed. “The Dirty Little Secrets In Your Community.” Academic Search Premier, n.d. Web. 23 May 2014.

This article is about somebody who rescued a dog when he was a young child and how that experience followed him his whole life. Because of his love for animals he wanted to become a veterinarian but he never became one. He goes on that too many animals get put down in shelters simply because there is not enough room to keep them. He becomes a director of Animal Care and Control in New York City. He gets to lower Euthanasia by 17% in his first year there and then an additional 25% the year after.


Article 4:

Tsui-Lin, Michelle L. “How to Be Responsible Owners and Reduce the Number of Unwanted Animals in Shelters.” HubPages. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May 2014.


This article is about how we can all be more responsible pet owners. It goes into detail why there is a problem with unwanted pets and what causes pet owners to give up their pets. It has a section on how we can help fostering pets if we are not in the position to adopt them.

 The Public Writing

I did a blog for my project and you can read everything I found so far at

I plan on keeping the blog going so come back often to check out what’s new.



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