Essential Pittsburgh
4:36 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Trend Shows More Shelter Animals Find Homes

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Lost and stray animals are finding their way to better homes, according to a recent trend at animal shelters.

According to business contributor Rebecca Harris of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, fewer pets are landing in animal shelters and the number of euthanized dogs and cats has decreased. What has emerged is a trend toward adopting these unwanted animals, instead of going to a pet shop or breeder.

“Rescuing has really become mainstream,” Harris says.

With heightened public awareness of the spay and neutering process as well as a softened public opinion of mutts and strays, the number of shelter animals adopted into homes has gone from 67 million to 164 since 1970.