Jan 11

Crunching the Numbers

Crunching The Numbers by guest blogger Lisa O'Neill of Angels of Assisi

There has been a lot of facebook chat lately about the number of dogs and cats killed at our Roanoke pound (RCACP). In 2009 that number was 4894.
Divide that by the number of hours our community RCACP is open each week (35), and it works out that 2.7 companion animals are killed each hour the doors are open.
Comments have been made that "Irresponsible people are to blame", and yes, this is often true.   However, last year in the United States, an estimated 47.7 billion dollars was spent on pet care. Billion. People love dogs and cats. They love their own dogs and cats, and are usually sympathetic to the plight of the less fortunate ones.
At Angels of Assisi, we can always count on our community to show up when we are involved in a big rescue. Donations of all shapes and sizes appear in our lobby. Nice people volunteer to clean, transport, and help the neglected or abused pets anyway they can. It feels like a group effort. Actually, it IS a group effort.
Let's take a step back and define "community" as it pertains to our RCACP. The Regional Center receives stray and owner relinquished animals from Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Botetourt County and the Town of Vinton.
The population breakdown is:
City of Roanoke                    93,304
County of Roanoke
(including Vinton)                 92,991
County of Botetourt              33,299
Total People Population: 219,594
Number of Pets Killed:         4894
That means if 1 out of every 44 people stepped up and adopted, fostered or networked an animal, we'd be in pretty good shape. I think we've got 1 out of 44 people out there that care. That's around 2.2% of our local population. Anybody in?
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