The 108 licensed New Jersey animal shelters impounded 89,150 dogs and cats in 2011, which represents a welcome downward trend, according to the Paws and Claws Society based in Gloucester County, using statistics from the state Department of Health.
Of the pets impounded, 11,535 were redeemed by their owners, 36,879 were adopted, and 30,896 were euthanized.
Although far more cats were euthanized than dogs (24,873 vs. 6,023), that may be due to the fact that far more cats are impounded in the first place (54,257 vs. 34,893). Dogs are also much more likely to be redeemed.
Although it seems sad that so many animals were euthanized in 2011, that number is the lowest in available records, which go back to 1984, when 82,566 pets were put down. As recently as 2004, nearly 50,000 dogs and cats were euthanized.