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The State of the State in 2020: Florida’s Animal Sheltering Trends and the Road Ahead
Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Category: Webinar

The State of the State in 2020: Florida’s Animal Sheltering Trends and the Road Ahead

With Dr. Julie Levy, Fran Marino Endowed Professor of Shelter Medicine Education

A new study by the University of Florida revealed that the state’s animal shelters reached a new lifesaving record in 2020. They collectively saved nearly 9 out of every 10 animals taken in throughout the year. That’s a jump from 81% in 2019 and 54% since Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the College of Veterinary Medicine first began collecting shelter data in 2013. But these gains are not universally shared. Shelters in rural counties still take in and euthanize more animals per capita than shelters in urban counties, and almost twice as many cats were euthanized compared to dogs. This presentation will share data compiled from Florida shelters for the past 8 years, look into the impacts of the COVID pandemic on the state’s sheltering trends, and share a glimpse of a national movement to “reimagine animal sheltering” as the country emerges from the pandemic.

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