As statistics show, far, far too many stray and homeless animals in Fort Bend County shelters are being needlessly euthanized. While recent statistics show an improvement in the amount of animals adopted out by Fort Bend County Animal Control (FBCAC), there is still a lot of improvement that can be made:
- Of the 4,586 animals impounded by FBCAC in 2013, 1,154 animals were redeemed by their owners or adopted out - a 25% survival rate.
- In 2013, FBCAC euthanized 3,252 animals.
- Please remember that these are the statistics for only a single animal control agency in Fort Bend County! Many of the other agencies have even grimmer statistics.
We strive to see Fort Bend County and its major cities embrace a no-kill policy for healthy stray and homeless animals. Many other cities throughout the US have successfully implemented a no-kill policy, through dedicated programs and coordination with local governments, shelters, foster organizations and TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) programs, all resulting in positive impacts to their communities.
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It was noted in a recent Sugar Land Magazine article that Fort Bend County Animal Control (FBCAC) officials are starting to realize that the policy of euthanizing feral cats is failing to control the problem (statistics show that the number of feral animals are increasing); however, unless local citizens take a stand and demand policy changes the county will continue to waste both taxpayer money and animals’ lives.
We strongly encourage you to contact your County Commissioner to emphasize the need for a new, state of the art Fort Bend animal control facility that houses a no-kill shelter and adoption facility with a full-time veterinarian.
Many of the larger communities in Fort Bend County (e.g. Sugar Land, Missouri City, Stafford, Rosenberg, etc) have their own animal shelter. Unfortunately all of these shelters euthanize some percentage of unclaimed animals. We encourage you to lobby your city council members to fund the establishment of TNR programs and work toward the establishment of No-Kill Shelters within your city.
Save Our Strays Fort Bend sincerely hopes that you will consider helping in any way that you can. Stray and homeless animals are a continuing, community problem and it will take a community effort to solve it. But we are confident that it can be done with your help!