COVID 19 Impact on Shelter Animals for 2020

COVID 19 Impact on Shelter Animals for 2020

COVID 19 Impact on Shelter Animals for 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic presented many challenges, but also a new life for many shelter animals across America, and the world. Shelter Animals Count Releases 2020 Animal Sheltering Statistics.

Shelter Animals Count (SAC), The Shelter Animals Count (SAC)National Data Base for Animal Sheltering Statistics enable fact-based insights to improve animal welfare throughout the country. SAC just released its 2020 Animal Shelter Statistics report. 2,386 animal welfare organizations provided data, representing 1,561 cities across 53 states and U.S. Territories.

“This report tells the story of a year in which animal shelters had to be incredibly resilient and think outside the box to keep helping animals and pets in their communities,” said incoming SAC Executive Director Stephanie Filer. “I am excited to see the continued results of that hard work in our mid-year 2021 report, coming this fall.”

The 2020 Animal Sheltering Statistics white paper provides a look at the 2020 data from Shelter Animals Count. The data was limited to organizations that completed a full year of reporting in 2020. The goal of this paper is to give an overview of the current state of the national sheltered animal database developed by SAC and demonstrate progress toward a truly national database that can be used to help understand the state of companion animals in this country.

Highlights of the report include:

COVID-19 Impacts

  • In 2020 there were 23% fewer animals relinquished by their owners, 27% fewer strays, and 22% fewer animals in need of sheltering overall than in 2019.
  • Because fewer animals entered the shelter system, there were also fewer outcomes overall, including 49% fewer sheltered animals euthanized.
  • Adoptions were down 17% from 2019 across reporting agencies for 2020 due to fewer animals entering the sheltering system (see intake reporting.
  • Stray/at-large animals were the most common reasons animals were in need of sheltering – accounting for 1.5M intakes (46.9%) in 2020. 
  • Fewer pet owners gave up their pets in 2020 (753,847 relinquishments) than in 2019 (885,290 relinquishments), a 15% decrease.
  • The number of cats and dogs in need of sheltering was pretty evenly split, with cats representing 50.7% and dogs representing 49.3%. Puppies & kittens represented nearly 1/3 (32.1%) of pets in need of sheltering.
  • 53.% of dogs and 60.7% of cats who were sheltered in 2020 were adopted that same year.
  • 40.7% of dogs and 5.1% of cats who arrived as a stray in 2020 were reunited with their families.
  • 16% of animals were transferred to other shelters who had the space and resources to help and 13.7% of cats were returned to the field.
  • Overall, 87.8% of dogs and cats had live outcomes.

Additional 2020 highlights

“Although 2020 presented many challenges for pet owners as well as animal welfare organizations, the numbers show us that we still saw an increase in pet lives saved, a decrease in pets entering shelters, and more pets remaining with their families,” said Jan McHugh-Smith, Board President of Shelter Animals Count.

Shelter Animals Count (SAC) is a collaborative, independent organization formed by a diverse group of stakeholders to create and share the national database of sheltered animal statistics, providing facts and enabling insights that will improve animal welfare throughout the country. The SAC database follows the Basic Data Matrix specified by the National Federation of Humane Societies.

The full report can be viewed at It is important to consider the findings of this report in context.

This 2020 Animal Shelter Count report is brought to you by Canine News Network, Atlanta Georgia. A group of Green Pets America Charities.

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Pandemic Pets for a year it has been wonderful in that most shelter pets have not been euthanized. With the pandemic, people have been working and spending most of their time at home. Many wanted a loving pet with them and went out in droves to “Rescue and Rehome” a shelter dog or cat.

Well, now that we are all getting out again those same people are going back to work and taking their new family member back to the shelter. “Pandemic Pets” are being returned to shelters and overwhelming our shelters again.

If this returning Pandemic Pets issue continues in 2021 animal shelters will once again be euthanizing dogs and cats in droves. Please do not return your pets. Please figure a way to keep them. Follow our articles on “Pandemic Pets” at and learn ways to save your new family member from being returned to the shelter and euthanized.

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Dragging a Dog to His Death

Dragging a Dog to His Death. Heart Stick Euthanasia. How some animal shelters in America still kill shelter dogs in America.

Dragging a Dog to His Death Heart Stick Euthanasia. How some animal shelters in America still kill shelter dogs in America. Green Pets America Charities, a Humane Society since 2007 and rated in the top 1% of nonprofits has been researching and educating pet owners on Heart Stick Euthanasia at America’s animal shelters.

Heart Stick euthanasia is still being carried out by some county shelters to save money. It is done because it is cheaper for the shelter to not humanely sedate the dog first, but euthanize the dog in one step, with a long steel needle jabbed straight to the live and panicked kicking dogs’ heart as the dog tries to escape the attendant’s foot or grasp.

Many times, the dog moves, and the long needle misses the heart, piercing another organ. In that case, they do it again. At times if they euthanize a group of different size and weight dogs at one time each syringe may not have enough poison in the syringe, and the dog does not die immediately, so they must kill him again.

We thought this inhumane practice ended, but it seems to have just slithered below the national radar.  Green Pets America readers are giving us new examples however of where it’s still being done. Tennessee and Georgia are just two States we learned of this week.

If you have experience on this archaic animal cruelty practice of killing shelter dogs, without a sedative, and a lethal long needle injection into their heart, while the dog is fully awake please reach out to us in confidence.

Please support our national efforts to end this barbaric killing of our dogs.

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