Four things
  1. Most cats who enter our nation’s animal pounds and shelters don’t come out alive. Take a cat to a shelter or pound, and she might be adopted or reunited with her owner—but the likelihood is that she will be killed. At least seven of every ten cats and kittens in shelters are killed there. As for feral cats, nearly 100% are killed in shelters because they aren’t adoptable.
  2. More cats are killed in pounds and shelters than die from any other documented cause. That means more cats die in our sheltering system than from known causes including injury, abuse, disease, or old age.
  3. Most pounds and shelters aren’t required by law to keep track of how many cats they kill. Most shelters don’t report numbers to their state and aren’t held accountable for the cats they’re killing with taxpayer and donor dollars. States that do require reporting typically don’t make those reports accessible to the public. And few pounds and shelters voluntarily reveal the number of animals they kill.
  4. The policies of the shelter system are not aligned with what Americans want. The majority of Americans believe it is more humane to leave a cat outside than have her caught and killed. The shelter system provides poor justifications for killing healthy animals, like “We kill them to alleviate future suffering” or “we kill them because we don’t have any room for them; where will they go instead?” But, there’s nothing “necessary” about killing healthy animals.