MSPCA-Angell: Up to 150,000 dogs in danger of euthanasia in the U.S.

The MSPCA-Angell shared this photo of Ika, one of 14 Shephard dogs available for adoption.

BOSTON (WLNE) — The MSPCA-Angell reports there are thousands of dogs at risk of being euthanized in the country following a large drop in adoption rates.

According to Shelter Animals Count, a data-tracking webpage for animal shelters across the U.S., the euthanasia of dogs jumped 39% last year.

Officials further suggest that the upward trend will continue through 2023.

In response, the MSPCA announced a goal of placing 2,500 dogs, a mix of local strays and surrendered dogs into adoptive homes by fall this year.

To meet this goal, officials said they will hold a series of special adoption events, the first of which is scheduled for the second week of June.

“We’re already taking in 10% more dogs in 2023 versus the same period last year because of an increase in owner surrenders, and we must find creative solutions to ensure these pets have a safe place to go,” said Mike Keiley, MSPCA-Angell director of adoption centers and programs.

Keiley said he believes the trends impacting euthanasia in the last two years have carried into 2023. He said, “Without action from the MSPCA and others, as many as 150,000 dogs, or more, could be at risk this year.”

The MSPCA said they expect to hold three dog-specific adoption events across all four adoption centers in June, July and August.  More details about the events can be found here.

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