If you want to be a part of the solution, then you need to know the facts. Just how bad is the overpopulation problem in Peoria? Read on to see the real numbers from the PCAPS shelter:
In 2017 PCAPS took in 2100 cats and kittens.
Of those, only 40% of them were adopted, returned to their owners or transferred to another agency. Shelters refer to this as their “live release rate”.
And yes, these numbers can be staggering, but believe it or not, they have improved greatly over the past 10 years.
For example, in 2007 PCAPS took in 4248 cats and kittens – over double the current intake! Of those, only 18% of them were adopted, returned to owner, or transferred to another agency.
PCAPS is an open admission animal shelter and turns no animal away. That means that these numbers include sick and injured cats, wild feral cats, cats with behavior problems, and baby kittens that must be 8 weeks old before they can be placed for adoption.
Keep in mind, these numbers are from just one shelter here in Peoria, IL. While the efforts of PHS and PCAPS are making real progress, there is still a long way to go. This is not a time to place blame, it is a time to take action. Our community must work together to wage war against pet overpopulation and homelessness. We need your help to continue working toward a manageable cat population. One where every adoptable cat ends up in the home it deserves. Please read on to discover what YOU can do to help.