I've been on a crusade for years to get people to adopt shelter animals rather than buy pets (which only encourages more breeding).
After the huge numbers of pets left homeless by Katrina, changes were made to the So. Mississippi Humane Society Shelter. It was rebuilt bigger and better - people got involved and adoptions began to rise.
I learned today that in 2012 not one single healthy animal was put to sleep at that shelter...not one!
Ten years ago only about 1 in 5 shelter pets found a home and the rest were euthanized. Now it's 4 in 5 and that is progress!
Animals who are brought in with serious injuries or illnesses that can't be quickly treated are still put to sleep but a new wing is being built to nurse as many back to health as possible so they, too, can find forever homes.