CAT EUTHANASIA numbers fell by 50 percent in June contrasted with June 2013, according to numbers posted by the Animal Care and Control Team, the city-supervised animal shelter.
In numbers, 924 cats were put to death in June 2013, contrasted with 459 last month. For the year to date, 1,351 cats have been euthanized this year, contrasted with 1,972 last year.
This is a notable achievement because the summer months are "kitten season," when many are born.
The goal remains saving every kitten that comes through ACCT's doors, says Sue Cosby, executive director. ACCT was given a big push this year through a $50,000 grant from Best Friends Animal Society that expanded the foster-care program to save kittens' lives. Under that program, volunteers care for and raise kittens in their own homes until they are ready for adoption. It is a safety valve that keeps the kittens out of the "E-room," as the euthanasia room is called.