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Why a True Animal Sanctuary is Needed in

Southern Arizona

The Statistics of Need 

Cochise Canine Rescue is beginning a Capital Campaign to create the Southern Arizona Animal Sanctuary "SAAS"

​from  Cochise Canine Rescue/Southern Arizona Animal Sanctuary 2017 Business Plan and Capital Campaign Outline

"All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?"  - Buddha

Statistics of animals entering the system in Arizona
: In 2010 the kill rate was 51% of the animals entering Maricopa County (Phoenix) pound system annually. Thankfully this number has been going down and in 2013, the last year statistics were available, the kill rate went down to 29.3%. Horrifically this still means that of 42,462 animals entering their facilities in 2013, 12,464 were killed. The change is NOT due to less animals coming into the Maricopa shelter system, but rather the fact that more effort is going into working with rescues and “New Hoping” (releasing) animals to non-profit rescue organization.

Pima County has also seen an increase on “live releases” of animals…but, sadly, too many animals are still dying and need options. The same continues to be the case at “Humane societies” and other smaller regional facilities.

SAAS would become another established and growing option in the fight for a “No-Kill Nation.”

Many shelters and pounds throughout the state of Arizona are attempting to become “no kill” facilities. They are relying on “New Hope” programs i.e. programs that work with small non-profit rescues throughout the community.

Most rescues are reliant on private homes acting as foster care that keep the dogs until they are able to find permanent adoption homes. All too often the foster homes and the rescues become full to over-flowing and cannot take in any more animals in need of immediate rescue from the high-kill county and city facilities.

While there are a number of small Sanctuaries throughout the state, none are closely connected with the needs of the smaller rescues throughout the state, and few are able to work with other rescues to alleviate their overcrowding thereby enabling the rescue to continue “New Hoping” animals from shelters and finding them homes. In this way SAAS would be different.

 SAAS would work closely with other Arizona rescues, the “No Kill” community and with the county and city shelters to work toward a true no-kill model for Arizona, to save the lives of greater numbers of companion animals, enabling the state of Arizona to become a leading example of “No Kill” in th
e country.

The Terrible Reality: While the actual total number of animals killed annually in Arizona shelters is not known, the following national (conservative) statistics are sadly consistent and unchanging annually:

Animal Shelter Statistics

Total number of nationwide animal shelters

Number of companion animals that enter into animal shelters nationwide annually
5 million

Average annual number of companion animals that are euthanized at shelters
3.5 million

Percent of dogs in animals shelters that are euthanized

Percent of cats in animal shelters that are euthanized

Percent of cats that are returned to their owners

Percent of dogs returned to their owners

Total percentage of dogs claimed to be spayed or neutered

Total percentage of cats that are claimed to be spayed or neutered

Total number of animals that end up in a shelter that are spayed or neutered

Percent of dogs brought to shelters that were adopted from a shelter

Percent of dogs and cats that are adopted from shelters

Total number of dogs and cats that are bought at pet stores

Percentage of people that get their pets free or at low cost

Cost of taxpayer money annually to round up, house, kill and dispose of homeless animals
$2 billion

Total percentage of dogs in shelters that are purebred

Total percentage of U.S. homes who own at least 1 companion animal

Total number of homes that own at least 1 companion animal
70 million