Paws to Success Targets Euthanasia

New program seeks to end the practice at shelters by 2020.

Posted: April 16, 2009, 3 a.m. EDT

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The Paws for Success program will be funded by an ASPCA grant made possible through a gift from a San Diego animal-welfare supporter.
A $1.4 million grant to the San Diego Humane Society has led to the creation of a new program that aims to end euthanasia of treatable cats and dogs by 2020.

Paws to Success was designed with the goal of reducing the euthanasia of treatable animals in shelters nationwide by 20 percent by 2010 and ultimately ending the euthanasia of these animals within 10 years. The program will be funded through a grant by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals through a gift made by the late Edith Hakes of San Diego, who was a longtime supporter of the ASPCA and local humane society.

The program includes the opening of an off-site facility dedicated to housing kittens and cats, the creation of a comprehensive training program for area animal-welfare advocates, and the hiring of a board-certified veterinary behaviorist. The initiative will open valuable new resources to shelters across the country, said Dr. Mark Goldstein, president of the San Diego Humane Society.

During the planning stages for the program, the organization determined that the leading causes for euthanasia of pets in San Diego County included treatable medical and behavioral conditions. Paws to Success targets these issues in order to make an impact on the animal population.

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Janet    Fallbrook, CA

10/14/2009 11:43:33 AM

I think they should have been giving the money to the shelters and sanctuaries that have been no kill organizations for years and struggling to survive. That have survived in spite of the big money campaigns by the humane societies that have been doing a lot of killing. It is only since pressure has been brought by these organizations fighting back that the humane societies are now bowing to public pressure. They aren't heros in my book.

Jeff    Tucson, AZ

4/16/2009 9:52:04 PM

A lofty goal, I hope it succeeds.

Liz    Farmington, MN

4/16/2009 9:23:08 PM

Yes, pet owners need to be responsible and spay/neuter their pets. Animals do not need to suffer for our mistakes.

qwrd    234t, MN

4/16/2009 6:07:34 PM

This is nice, but I think a nuter/spay program for strays should be initiated as well, or funding for a clinic to do it free.....treat the cause not the symptom first!

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