We once again set new records for saving the lives of homeless pets thanks to your support. In 2021, 18,577 animals came into our care, a 15% increase over 2020. That’s 51 animals per day coming through our doors — lost pets, stray dogs and cats, cruelty victims, and homeless pets at risk in other shelters.
This makes us the largest animal welfare organization in the region. But that’s not what matters. What matters is every single life changed forever in those numbers. In 2021, we placed 16,946 animals, achieving a 95% live release rate while serving as one of the only remaining open access shelters.
While many shelters no longer take lost and stray animals, we continue to prioritize that very important work. In 2021, 4 in 10 of our intakes were lost or stray pets. In Delaware, where we’re the only open access shelter state-wide, 54% of our intakes were lost or stray.
Local pets in need are our first priority. We’re fortunate, thanks to your support, to also help struggling communities. Last year, we helped at-risk pets from 20 states. We also embarked on a strategic partnership with Tangipahoa Parish Animal Services in Louisiana, where we helped them go from a 43% live release rate to 83% in just one year.
Our work to stem the tide of unwanted pets also broke records last year. We provided 22,244 spay/neuter surgeries in 2021, a 23% increase. To help more families care for their pets, our medical team delivered 18,072 pet exams through our low-cost, high quality animal health centers.
Donut arrived as a stray with wounds consistent with prolonged abuse. He didn’t let those wounds define who he is inside, a dog filled with love and hope. He found an amazing home through our holiday sleepovers.
Lucky was among 56 cats rescued from hoarding. His luck turned around the minute he and the others came into our shelter for treatment, socialization and, ultimately, families.
It’s never been more true than this past year that we couldn’t do this hard work without you and every person who makes up our BVSPCA family – our generous donors and sponsors, our kind community, our tireless staff and volunteers. You share every success and every life we save. Thank you!
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