Pet Overpopulation

  • Working toward a No-Kill goal, animal rescue organizations across the country have made great strides in the past decade to reduce euthanasia. But Best Friends Animal Society estimates there are still 4 million pets euthanized each year. That’s 9,000 per day in the U.S.
  • The underlying cause of the pet overpopulation problem is that many people do not understand the importance of spaying or neutering their pets. Until everyone takes responsibility to spay/neuter, pets will continue to enter the shelter system faster than shelters can find families to adopt them. When that happens, healthy, innocent animals must be euthanized because there is not enough room to house them.

Our No Kill Vision


  • Our hope…that someday there will be so few animals entering shelters that all of them are adopted by forever families before shelters run out of space.
  • Until we reach that goal, Safe Animal Shelter exists to provide temporary housing for as many homeless pets as we are able to adopt to families each year.
  • When our facility becomes full, we must briefly stop accepting new homeless pets until space is opened up by pet adoptions.
  • But as soon as space becomes available, pets are rescued once again.
  • The cats and dogs at Safe Animal Shelter come from a variety of circumstances. And many are rescued from animal control facilities in our county and neighboring counties.
  • By transferring pets from animal control facilities, we provide animal control with additional housing capacity, relieving some of the need for euthanasia due to lack of space.

We’re Part of a National Network to Save Them All

  • We believe that collaboration with other animal rescue organizations is the most effective way to save the lives of healthy, innocent animals.
  • That’s why we are part of Best Friends No More Homeless Pets Network. The nationwide network includes 501 (c)(3) public charity rescue groups, spay/neuter organizations, and shelters actively saving lives and reducing shelter deaths on a local level.
  • This gives us assistance from Best Friends in the form of grants, fund-raising and marketing opportunities, and it gives our staff members access to educational webinars and consultations with Best Friends staff.
  • As a Network partner, we participate in nationwide fund-raising events such as Strut Your Mutt.