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Second Chance Cat Rescue says kitten euthanasia rates are down

Second Chance Cat Rescue says kitten euthanasia rates are down

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — Adult cat euthanasia rates have decreased by 60 percent in Sheridan since the Second Chance Cat Rescue began its spay/neuter program in May 2011. Additionally, kitten euthanasia rates decreased from 110 in 2008 to only 6 in 2014. Second Chance conducted 275 spay/neuter surgeries this year, bringing the total number of surgeries to 2,328 animals since the program began four years ago. According to data collected by the Sheridan Dog and Cat Shelter, and shared with Dally by the Second Chance, the local spay/neuter program has significantly impacted the numbers of kittens and adult cats euthanized in Sheridan. Through its data and charts, the Second Chance Cat Rescue says it hopes "to create a simple but effective demonstration that our Spay/Neuter events have proven effective and that continued funding of our program will continue to produce tangible results." ​ According to Second Chance, a reduction in the number of adult cats euthanized at the Shelter allows for retention of a greater number of animals over a longer period of time due to the increase of resources. There has been a significant reduction in the number of kittens brought in to the Shelter since the inception of the Spay/Neuter Events sponsored by Second Chance. Fewer kittens mean a greatly reduced need for space, medication and extra care that kittens require, according to Second Chance. "These demands are generally greater per kitten than they are for adult cats due to the frailty of many of the kittens brought to the Shelter," Second Chance data says. "The number of kitten euthanasia occurrences has decreased precipitously. The Spay/Neuter Events impact on kitten numbers has had a direct effect on the capacity for the Shelter to handle young animals." *Feature photo Second Chance Cat Rescue / Pitchengine Communities* #dally #news