|Barked: Mon Mar 24, '08 6:29pm PST |
|I echo a previous poster - contact the shelters. In my state, the statistics are a matter of public record. They document how many dogs were taken in/reclaimed/adopted/PTS. Many post the annual report online (try visiting the town/city/county website if the shelter does not have one).
To contradict a previous poster, in my experience, the more rural the shelter, the higher the "kill rate." Often in more rural areas, they operate with limited funding and staff (often only one animal control officer.) Plus, they might only have a few pens. While it is true that more animals will enter an urban shelter, they often are better equipped (as opposed to the rural shelters - note I did not write "well-equipped") to handle the intake. Finally, urban areas offer a larger network of rescues. I've just noticed that in my area, the urban shelters put a lower percentage of animals down and often are able to keep animals past the mandatory holding period far longer than more rural shelters.
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