That's the number of adoptable dogs and cats who are still euthanized each year in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people adopt.
Adopting from a rescue helps weaken the pet overpopulation cycle. Each year 8 to 12 million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are euthanized because there are simply not enough homes for them.
When you adopt from a rescue you send a message to others who will be asking you for years to come where you obtained your adorable pet. This simple act alone will help save thousands of animal's lives.