In 2003, 31,701 pets were euthanized. In 2013 that number was reduced to 6,124.
That means that 25,577 pets were saved in the 10 year initiative. An 80% reduction. This was achieved by concerted effort to support spay/neuter programs for stray and feral communities. That of course reduces the number of strays. The other initiative was working with the AC&C (Animal Care & Control) to transfer cats and dogs to adoption shelters.
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Let's hope that other cities follow New York's lead.