(WXYZ) — Michigan shelters saved 91% of cats and dogs in 2019, according to a release from the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance (MPFA). That's a one-percent increase from 2018.
“We would like to give a special shout out to three animal shelters that accomplished tremendous improvements,” said Deborah Schutt, MPFA founder and chairperson. “Lake County Animal Control improved by 62%, Cass County Animal Control by 58%, and Alcona Humane Society by 56%. Great work!”
Additional statistics also show:
- With more lifesaving being accomplished, euthanasia was down again for the eighth year straight by 1,402 animals.
- Transfers to other shelters and rescue groups increased significantly to 16,869 animals in 2019, an increase of more than a 3,000 from 2018.
- After seven years of decreasing intake, the last two years have seen an increase. Michigan’s lowest intake was 128,869 animals in 2017, which increased to 146,684 in 2019.
- The raw numbers indicate that dog intake (77,422) is higher than cat intake (73,321), but shelter dog euthanasia is lower (5,609) than cat (6,085).