This Christmas season marked a remarkable achievement for a Pennsylvania animal shelter. The Adams County SPCA, caring for dogs, cats, and other homeless animals, proudly announced that, for the first time in 47 years, their facility was empty.
“To say that we are beyond excited is an understatement! The staff and volunteers have worked VERY hard to take care of the animals in our care and to make sure they got adopted to the right home!” reads the post.
In a heartwarming turn of events, 598 animals found loving homes, and 125 strays were joyfully reunited with their owners. Despite being nearly full in early December, the shelter successfully emptied its spaces, except for a single addition – a cat that arrived amidst the positive news.
For those eager to welcome a new furry friend into their families, Adams County SPCA staff members are set to collect animals from other shelters across Pennsylvania next week.
This success story stands out, considering that around 6.3 million animals enter shelters nationwide annually, as reported by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Of these, over 3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.
“Right now, we are going to enjoy this accomplishment! Merry Christmas!” the shelter said in the post.
The ASPCA highlights the ongoing challenges in animal shelters, revealing that approximately 920,000 shelter animals are euthanized each year.
However, this statistic represents a significant decrease from the over 2.5 million cats and dogs euthanized in shelters in 2011.