Wichita Animal Shelter euthanasia rates drop to all-time low

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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WICHITA, Kan. -- The Wichita Animal Shelter has had a few historic years. They've had to euthanize fewer and fewer animals which means more animals are finding their way to happy homes.

In the last three years, the shelter euthanized fewer animals than they released. That means more animals went back to their owners, to rescue groups, or the humane society.

"That's pretty large, Considering that in just like the last five years we had a 75 percent euthanasia rate and only a 25 percent outcome rate. I mean I've been doing this for 22 years and it's something I didn't think I'd ever see,” Wichita Shelter Supervisor Drew Bessey said.

The shelter's supervisor says it's easily explained. Three years ago they moved into their new larger location in east Wichita. They have more space and a great neighbor.

“The fact is that it's our partners, the Kansas Humane Society. The great job that they do getting animals adopted is a big part of that,” Bessey said.

While the shelter's partners are helping get more animals out, the supervisor says owners can help by getting dogs and cats spayed and neutered. Also, by making sure they have some kind of identification on them at all times.

The shelter is only required to hold pets for three days so they say the best way to find out if your animal is there is to go down right away and look for your dog in person. If you wait, it may be too late.

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