Pet Euthanasia Rates Decrease by 87% in Maricopa County Arizona, Thanks to Animal Welfare Collaborative, Fix.Adopt.Save.

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Prior to 2012, pet homelessness and euthanasia rates in Maricopa County were at all time highs. But at a press conference today hosted by the Alliance for Companion Animals, a coalition encompassed of six animal welfare groups in the county announced that collectively, they have decreased euthanasia by 87% while reducing total intake of animals at shelters by 44% during the seven years of the Fix.Adopt.Save. initiative effectively saving nearly 33,000 animals.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego addresses attendees and alliance members at the Fix.Adopt.Save. Impact Results press conference on September 18.

“As a dog owner and animal lover, I am so grateful to have a collaborative group like Fix.Adopt.Save. addressing pet homelessness here in our city and county,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.

Prior to 2012, pet homelessness and euthanasia rates in Maricopa County were at all time highs. But at a press conference today hosted by the Alliance for Companion Animals, a coalition encompassed of six animal welfare groups in the county announced that collectively, they have decreased euthanasia by 87% while reducing total intake of animals at shelters by 44% during the seven years of the Fix.Adopt.Save. initiative effectively saving nearly 33,000 animals.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, local officials and members of the animal welfare community were on hand at the Phoenix Fire Department Administration building to learn of the accomplishments in combatting pet homelessness. Additional data shared at the press conference included that more than $4 million has been provided through Fix.Adopt.Save. and its funders in no-cost spay/neuter and wellness services to the residents of Maricopa County totaling over 60,000 spay/neuter surgeries since 2012.

“The collaboration and continued dedication of the Alliance, and our funders, has made a huge impact in Maricopa County,” said Sonia Hernandez, project manager for Fix.Adopt.Save. “Through our combined efforts to offer no-cost spay/neuter surgeries, promote adoptions and programs like trap-neuter-return we have gone to the root of the pet homelessness cause and proud to share these results today.”

A recent article by the New York Times showed Phoenix as having one of the lowest rates of pet euthanasia in the country, much of which can be attributed to Fix.Adopt.Save. and its Alliance members.

“As a dog owner and animal lover, I am so grateful to have a collaborative group like Fix.Adopt.Save. addressing pet homelessness here in our city and county,” said Mayor Kate Gallego. “This organization has been extremely effective in reducing animal euthanasia rates and their resources and expertise are helping make Phoenix a leader on animal welfare.”

Members of the Alliance for Companion Animals include the Arizona Animal Welfare League, Arizona Humane Society, Animal Defense League of Arizona, Altered Tails Barnhart Clinics, HALO Animal Rescue and Phoenix Animal Care Coalition 911. The initiative is generously funded by Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and PetSmart Charities.

For more information on Fix. Adopt. Save. and their impact on the community, visit https://www.fixadoptsave.org/impact.

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