Share the Care

After decades of lifesaving innovations aimed at reducing the number of pets euthanized in shelters, California animal welfare leaders are concerned that shelters are once again filling up. Being proactive and working collectively, however, we can take action to stop this impending crisis in its tracks. Join Valley Humane Society and Share the Care to help save pets’ lives today!

The Stats

  • 22% drop in adoptions from 2019 to 2021∗
  • 63% increase in days in care from December 31, 2019 to December 31, 2021∗
  • 16% drop in intake for dogs∗
  • 400% increase in online dog & cat sales†

During the pandemic, people sought furry companionship in record numbers. Though many worried these pets would be returned post-pandemic, that has not occurred. Instead, intake numbers remain lower than before. However, pet purchase continues to be high while the pace of adoptions has sunk surprisingly low. This mean dogs and cats that do enter the shelter system have nowhere to go.

How You Can Help

  • Adopt a dog or cat
  • Adopt a shelter and promote adoption to your friends and family
  • Share adoptable pet profiles in your social media
  • Spay and neuter your pets
  • Use ID tags and microchips to help reunite with lost pets quickly

The Share the Care initiative recognizes that everyone has a part to play in saving the lives of dogs and cats. Public shelters provide a safe haven for found and unwanted pets; private shelters and rescues alleviate overcrowding, take on special cases, and help pets stay with their families; and community members are needed to adopt homeless animals and follow through on spaying or neutering any pets they’ve acquired through other sources.

Read the full news release.

NBC Bay Area: Pet Adoptions on Decline at Bay Area Shelters
By Christie Smith • Published March 19, 2022 • Updated on March 19, 2022 at 8:01 pm

∗ Numbers provided by Pet Health, Inc.
†Number published by Best Friends