The results are quite staggering.
Between 1997 and 2017, the euthanasia rate for the city of Chicago have been reduced by 87 percent. (Please note that euthanasia has been tracked for three Open Access kill shelters--Animal Control and two private agencies--since 1995. Shelter data for two private agencies is not yet public for 2017, so we have held that shelter’s intake and euthanasia numbers consistent from 2016 when aggregating this data.)
It is clear that education and spay/neuter have been the primary cause of this reduction as fewer pets are entering shelters. But adoption is just as important, and reaching a broader base of adopters will be critical in getting to No Kill.