Texas killed more cats and dogs in 2018 than any other state
(by: Eric Henrikson Posted: Aug 12, 2019 / 05:10 PM CDT / Updated: Aug 12, 2019 / 05:22 PM CDT)
AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin may be the largest no-kill city in the country, but Texas doesn’t have that high a distinction. In 2018, the state had the highest number of cats and dogs killed in its shelters, 114,000 animals, more than any other state in the country. This is according to bestfriends.org, a non-profit which collects data from shelters across the US.
An easy way to understand how a community is doing is to look at their save rate, this is the percentage of pets saved from euthanasia in an area. In 2018, Austin had a 95% save rate while Texas had only a 72% save rate. That means only 72% of animals that enter a shelter in Texas survived.
There’s good news: some major cities are making huge strides in increasing their save rate. San Antonio has a save rate of 91%, Houston 83% and Dallas has reported over a 90% save rate for several months in a row.