Saturday, January 9, 2010
Happy new year! We hope that your new year has gotten off to a great start, and that you're finding time to relax with your favorite friends after the hectic holiday season. We're excited about the coming year, and hope that you are, too!
We're celebrating a milestone at No More Homeless Pets in Utah this year, our 10th anniversary. It's a year to reflect back on where we've come from and look forward to our goal of making Utah a no-kill state.
A major way we track our progress towards this goal is through the E-metric, or the number of cats and dogs destroyed in Utah shelters annually per 1000 humans. In 1999, the year before NMHPU began, the E-metric was 21.7. If it had remained at that point, 62,000 cats and dogs would have been killed in 2009. The reduction in the E-metric illustrates that we've been saving lives by the thousands each year. In fact, NMHPU has saved the lives of over 100,000 animals since we began in 2000. But, unfortunately, dogs and cats are still dying; approximately 33,000 cats and dogs were killed in Utah in 2009, so we still have a lot of work to do. But our current programs have gotten us well on our way to our goal of ending the killing of dogs and cats in Utah.
This year, we're hoping to bring the E-metric down even further, and we know we can do it with your help! Your support allows us to continue to provide low-cost spay/neuter surgeries throughout the state, help feral cats through Trap-Neuter-Return, and promote the adoption of homeless pets. Combined, these programs will lead us to the goal of no more homeless pets in Utah. Please donate today (bit.ly/5aVLa9) to help us take major strides towards this goal in 2010!