Evidence of the Alliance's success can be seen in the decreasing euthanasia statistics. In 2007, for the first time in New York City's history, euthanasia at municipal shelters fell below 50 percent, to 43 percent. When final numbers for 2008 are available next month, the euthanasia rate is expected to be 38 percent. That number is down from 74 percent in 2002 (the year the Mayor's Alliance was formed), when 31,908 of the more than 40,000 dogs and cats entering NYC's Animal Care & Control (AC&C) shelters were euthanized.
"We have a long way to go but we're definitely making progress toward our goal," says Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. "The current economic downturn puts additional pressure on our facilities, but we're determined to become a no-kill community and the Alliance has realized some impressive achievements along the way."
TNR is an important part of their blueprint. Read the entire article for more.