MSPCA looking for thousands of dog adopters as euthanasia rates climb

The MSPCA is looking for thousands of adopters as more and more dogs are unnecessarily euthanized in the United States yearly.

By hosting a series of special adoption events this summer, the MSPCA says they are hoping to place 2,500 dogs into new homes by the end of this summer.

According to the MSPCA, data from Shelter Animals Count says euthanasia rates jumped 39 percent in 2022 and early data shows the numbers will continue to climb this year.

“An unfolding crisis driven by a steep drop in adopters, economic instability, and a nationwide veterinary staff shortage has resulted in an overpopulation of dogs living in U.S. shelters that are now at high risk of euthanasia,” the MSPCA said.

For the MSPCA’s new adoption campaign to be successful, the organization says 142 dogs already located through Massachusetts need to be put in homes as soon as possible.

“We’re already taking in 10% more dogs in 2023 versus the same period last year because of an increase in owner surrenders, and we must find creative solutions to ensure these pets have a safe place to go,” said Mike Keiley, MSPCA-Angell director of adoption centers and programs.

The first event, Hot Fur Summer, will begin on June 12 and waive large dog fees.

The events will take place at the adoption centers in Methuen, Boston, Cape Cod, and Boston.

Those who would like to help care for the more than 140 dogs already in the MPSCA care can make a donation on their website.

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