*No 2011 euthanasia data available from one of Chicago’s traditional, open-door shelters.
**Please note that euthanasia has been tracked for three Open Access kill shelters since 1995 (Animal Control and two private agencies). Shelter data for the one private agency is not yet public for 2018, so we have held the shelters' intake and euthanasia numbers consistent from 2017 when aggregating.
The results are quite staggering.
Between 1997 and 2018, the euthanasia rate for the city of Chicago have been reduced by 91 percent.
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.