An animal shelter is a place where stray, lost, abandoned or surrendered animals, mostly dogs and cats are brought.
Friends of Animals is a "no-kill" shelter, which means that we will not euthanize an animal due to overcrowding or breed type (which was common for shelters in decades past). We will only euthanize an animal if it is the humane thing to do in the situation.
This is something we do not take lightly. We will seek out medical advice, specialized trainers, rescue group opportunities, etc. before this option is considered. Euthanization accounts for less than 3.5% of our annual animal intake population and is mainly if the animal falls into one of the following categories:
- too sick or diseased
- too injured or hurt (possibly from a car accident)
- too danagerous to the public (the animal was involved in a serious incident involving biting and/or extremely aggressive behavior; especially repeated instances).
Currently it is estimated that there are approximately 5,000 independently run animal shelters operating nationwide. Modern shelters have taken the lead in controlling the pet population, promoting pet adoption, and studying shelter animals' health and behavior. Shelters, and shelter-like volunteer organizations, responded to cat overpopulation with trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs that reduced feral cat populations and reduced the burden on shelters.
Source: Wikipedia "Animal Shelter"