Photo courtesy of County News Center
Photo courtesy of County News Center

A coalition of seven organizations that shelters animals in the San Diego region announced Wednesday that no healthy or treatable pet in its facilities will be euthanized.

The coalition, which includes the San Diego Humane Society, Rancho Coastal Humane Society, San Diego County Department of Animal Services, Friends of Cats, and city shelters in Chula Vista, Coronado and El Cajon, said it is the first time in the region’s history that no treatable animal will be in danger of being euthanized.

“This is a tremendous feat, which no one organization can accomplish alone,” said Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of San Diego Humane Society.

“It takes all of us coming together for the benefit of the animals. There are 45,000 animals entering San Diego shelters every year, and it’s our responsibility, together, to find solutions to care for each and every one.”

Dawn Danielson, director of county Animal Services, said partnerships will alleviate overcrowding in city and county shelters.

The coalition reported that 83 percent of the animals its 11 shelters received in the fiscal year between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, were released alive. The rate was higher for dogs, 89 percent, and other animals, 88 percent, but lower for cats, 74 percent.

Most were euthanized, some of which had treatable conditions, according to the report, which is available on the county Animal Services website. Some others died by other means or were lost while in the shelter.

Animals with terminal conditions will still be euthanized, the coalition said.

City News Service