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Michigan animal shelters saved 91% of cats, dogs in 2019

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Posted at 4:55 PM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 16:55:25-05

(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).

2019 Live Release Map With County Numbers by WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit on Scribd