Handling the growing number of unwanted pets

    The Humane Society of the United States says four million cats and dogs are put down in U.S. shelters each year, a number that breaks down to about one every eight seconds.

    The Humane Society says it’s a growing problem for cities nationwide.

    How is your county handling animal population issues? Do you think animal population issues nationwide are relative to your community?

    Tell us in the comments below.

    According to HSUS estimates:

    6-8 million cats and dogs enter shelters each year.
    3-4 million cats and dogs are euthanized by shelters each year.
    3-4 million cats and dogs are adopted from shelters each year.
    30 percent of dogs and between 2 percent and 5 percent of cats entering shelters are reclaimed by owners.

    Locally, in Camden County, the growing number of unwanted pets has worsened over the last five years, according to county officials.

    As a result, officials are working to make sweeping changes aimed at reducing unwanted pet populations through education and innovative programs

    How is your county handling animal population issues? Do you think animal population issues nationwide are relative to your community? What do you think are possible solutions to the problem?

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