Founded in 1998, AnimalKind grew out of a national need to address the overpopulation of adoptable cats and dogs in shelters. Over 2.5 million sheltered animals are euthanized in the U.S. annually, just to make room for more- over 120,000 of those occurred in NC in 2014.
Prevention is the only way to stop the deadly cycle of pet overpopulation, and research indicates that the majority of pet overpopulation comes from low-income neighborhoods where pet spay/neuter is neither affordable nor accessible. Successful models around the country have demonstrated that a cost-effective way to end the euthanasia of adoptable cats and dogs is to provide financial assistance to the lowest-income pet owners-so they can spay/neuter their pets and prevent accidental pet litters.
AnimalKind considers targeted spay/neuter assistance to be the most critical element of a plan to end unnecessary shelter euthanasia. Rescue, adoption, and transport efforts can certainly be part of a successful plan for ending unnecessary shelter euthanasia, and can make significant short-term reductions in shelter intake and euthanasia. However, if adequately-funded targeted spay/neuter assistance is not also part of the strategy, the decreases in shelter intake and euthanasia will not be prolonged and permanent.
For a list of our programs please check out our website at www.animalkind.org.