Northern Lower Michigan Saving More Dogs and Cats Than Ever Before

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Prince is up for adoption. You can find out more about him here: http://www.walhfmf.org

This year’s Pet Friends PAW Award is going to ALL of the animal rescue groups and animal shelters in Northern Lower Michigan. After looking at this year’s shelter statistics from the Michigan Department of Agriculture (link here), it was clear to see that our region is a low-kill area with it’s sights set on being a no-kill community.

There were a whopping eight organizations in our region who didn’t euthanize any dogs in 2015. Those groups are With a Little Help from My Friends, Charlevoix County Humane Society, Emmet County Stray Center, Manistee County Humane Society/Homeward Bound, Missaukee Humane Society, Roscommon County Animal Control and Great Lakes Humane Society. Many other groups had very low euthanasia rates, with the highest dog euthanasia rates being the Newaygo Animal Shelter at 21.8% and Antrim County Animal Control at 32.2%.

Five organizations didn’t euthanize any cats in 2015. Those groups are With a Little Help From My Friends, Charlevoix County Humane Society, Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, Manistee County Animal Shelter and the Missaukee Humane Society. The highest euthanasia rates for cats were at the Antrim County Animal Control at 32.2% and the Newaygo Animal Shelter at 37.3%.

This year’s comparisons below will be checking the 2015 numbers against earlier numbers from about nine years ago when I first started tracking this information. Most organizations have improved tremendously. Some very notable improvements have happened at the Charlevoix County Humane Society, Emmett County Stray Center, Cherryland Humane Society (cats), Grand Traverse County Animal Control (dogs), Kalkaska County Animal Control, Oceana County Animal Shelter (cats) and perhaps the best improvement of all is at the Wexford County Animal Shelter.

The numbers below reflect the percentage of pets euthanized after subtracting the ones who were returned to their owners. Look how far we’ve come!

ANTRIM COUNTY:

Antrim County Animal Control

2015 – Dogs euthanized: 29.2% / 2007 – Dogs euthanized: 28%

2015 – Cats euthanized: 32.2% / 2007 – Cats euthanized: 40%

With a Little Help From My Friends

2015 – Dogs euthanized: 0% / 2011 – Dogs euthanized: 0%

2015 – Cats euthanized: 0% / 2011 – Cats euthanized: 0%

BENZIE COUNTY:

BENZIE CO. ANIMAL CONTROL

2015 – Dogs euthanized: 2.9% / 2008 – Dogs euthanized: 8%

2015 – Cats euthanized: 8% / 2008 – Cats euthanized: 18%

CHARLEVOIX COUNTY:

CHARLEVOIX CO. HUMANE SOCIETY

2015 – Dogs euthanized: 0% / 2007 – Dogs euthanized: 21%

2015 – Cats euthanized: 0% / 2007 – Cats euthanized: 72%

CRAWFORD COUNTY:

Crawford County: no report for year 2015

2014 – Dogs euthanized: 4.7% / 2007 – Dogs euthanized: 1%

2014 – Cats euthanized: 0% / 2007 – Cats euthanized: 2%

EMMET COUNTY:

Emmet County Stray Center

2015 – Dogs euthanized: 0% / 2007 – Dogs euthanized: 3%

2015 – Cats euthanized: 13.6% / 2007 – Cats euthanized: 38%

Little Traverse Bay Humane Society

2015 – Dogs euthanized: 0.005% / 2007 – Dogs euthanized: 0%

2015 – Cats euthanized: 0% / 2007 – Cats euthanized: below 1%

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY:

AC PAW

2015 – Dogs euthanized: 0.021% / 2007 – Dogs euthanized: 0%

2015 – Cats euthanized: 0.005% / 2007 – Cats euthanized: below 1%

CHERRYLAND HUMANE SOCIETY

2015 – Dogs euthanized: 1.4% / 2007 – Dogs euthanized: 4%

2015 – Cats euthanized: 3.9% / 2007 – Cats euthanized: 41% (60% in 2008)

GRAND TRAVERSE CO. ANIMAL CONTROL

2015 number show no cats or dogs euthanized however they have a contract

with Cherryland Humane Society to euthanize their pets so it’s unclear if

those numbers would show up on the Animal Control’s shelter report.

Dogs euthanized in 2010 – 32%

Dogs euthanized in 2011 – 20.8%

Dogs euthanized in 2013 – 23.2%

Dogs euthanized in 2014 – 0.006%

GREAT LAKES HUMANE SOCIETY

2015 – Dogs euthanized: 0%

2015 – Cats euthanized: 0%

(no earlier reports available)

KALKASKA COUNTY:

KALKASKA CO. ANIMAL CONTROL

2015 – Dogs euthanized: 4% / 2007 – Dogs euthanized: 42%

2015 – Cats euthanized: 4.7% / 2007 – Cats euthanized: 67%

MANISTEE COUNTY:

MANISTEE CO. HUMANE SOCIETY/HOMEWARD BOUND

2015 – Dogs euthanized: 0% / 2007 – Dogs euthanized: 0%

2015 – Cats euthanized: 3.6% / 2007 – Cats euthanized: 3.6%

MANISTEE CO. ANIMAL SHELTER

2015 – Dogs euthanized: 1.3% / 2008 – Dogs euthanized: 3%

2015 – Cats euthanized: 0% / 2008 – Cats euthanized: 2%

MISSAUKEE COUNTY:

MISSAUKEE HUMANE SOCIETY

2015 – Dogs euthanized: 0% / 2008 – Dogs euthanized: 2%

2015 – Cats euthanized: 0% / 2008 – Cats euthanized: below 1%

NEWAYGO COUNTY:

BELLWETHER HARBOR

2015 – Dogs euthanized: 20% / 2010 – Dogs euthanized: 1.5%

2015 – Cats euthanized: 19.4% / 2010 – Cats euthanized: 6.7%

McCLOUD’S LAKE HAVEN

2015 – Dogs euthanized: 0.008% / 2012 – Dogs euthanized: 0.009%

2015 – Cats euthanized: 0.004% / 2012 – Cats euthanized: 0.004%

NEWAYGO CO.ANIMAL SHELTER

2015 – Dogs euthanized: 21.8% / 2013 – Dogs euthanized: 40.3%

2015 – Cats euthanized: 37.3% / 2013 – Cats euthanized: 38.3%

OCEANA COUNTY:

OCEANA CO. ANIMAL SHELTER

2015 – Dogs euthanized: 2.1% / 2007 – Dogs euthanized: 37%

2015 – Cats euthanized: 7.6% / 2007 – Cats euthanized: 42%

OSCEOLA COUNTY:

OSCEOLA ANIMAL CONTROL

2015 – Dogs euthanized: 5.1% / 2007 – Dogs euthanized: 7%

2015 – Cats euthanized: 13% / 2007 – Cats euthanized: 45%

OTSEGO COUNTY:

OTSEGO ANIMAL SHELTER

2015 – Dogs euthanized: 1.1% / 2007 – Dogs euthanized: 3%

2015 – Cats euthanized: 3.5% / 2007 – Cats euthanized: 13%

ROSCOMMON COUNTY:

ROSCOMMON CO. ANIMAL SHELTER

2015 – Dogs euthanized: 0% / 2009 – Dogs euthanized: 0.007%

2015 – Cats euthanized: 0.007% / 2009 – Cats euthanized: 8.9%

WEXFORD COUNTY:

WEXFORD CO. ANIMAL SHELTER

2015 – Dogs euthanized: 10.2% / 2007 – Dogs euthanized: 27% (42% in 2008)

2015 – Cats euthanized: 5.4% / 2007 – Cats euthanized: 52% (73% in 2008)

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