VHS Releases 2016 Shelter Statistics

The Tri-State's largest humane society is reporting a 78% drop in euthanizations in the last 10 years. That's an accomplishment shelter officials are calling astronomical.

Vanderburgh Humane Society has released its latest numbers of 2016 to show its progress.

It's an in-depth look at how the Vanderburgh Humane Society is performing.

Some numbers are large and others are small.

All of them represent a life that has passed through the shelter.

VHS prides itself on being an open admission shelter meaning they do not turn away any owner-surrendered animals.

Just under 3,000 animals were sheltered at VHS in 2016, 82% of which are from Vanderburgh County.

2,078 were adopted, 496 benefited from foster care, and 227 were transferred to other shelters.

A number that may stand out to some is the number of animals euthanized. That number is 404. VHS Development Coordinator Amanda Coburn said that number is more of a representation of animals suffering from major health and behavioral issues.

“That could be a 17-year-old dog that came in that was in terrible shape. We have had animals come in that have been hit by cars with very, very extensive injuries that would be far more painful to treat, to put the animal through, than to just euthanize. Some were for aggression. You know, we do not put aggressive animals up for adoption that are going to be a danger in the community,” Coburn said.

Coburn emphasizes that the number of animals euthanized this year has decreased 78% since 2007 when the spay and neuter clinic opened.


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