In 2020, during the height of the pandemic, animal shelters experienced a record low – 5.5 million – pet intakes, but soon after, it began to rise dramatically. In 2023, it jumped to 6.5 million.

Between 2022 and 2023, around 177,000 animals had yet to be taken out of shelters

It’s getting so bad that around 690,000 dogs and cats were euthanized in 2023, an unsettling statistic.