Updated: Nov 14
September 19, 2020
The Ugly Facts About Pit Bull Euthanasia.
Pit Bulls (the term encompasses the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and mixes) have a long road to adoption, thwarted by prejudices, laws and bans. They are, by far, the most euthanized breed and are being killed in shelters at shocking rates.
It is estimated that there are 3-5 million pit bulls in the U.S. Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes average about 33% of shelter intakes nationally, but in large cities the numbers are as high as 40%-65%. About 75% of municipal shelters euthanize pit bulls immediately upon intake, without them ever having any chance at adoption. Those that are offered for adoption are usually the first chosen for euthanasia when overcrowding forces the shelter’s hand and decisions have to be made.
Studies estimate that up to 1 million pits are euthanized per year, or 2,800 per day. A study by the organization Animal People reports a 93% euthanasia rate for pitbulls and only one in 600 pits finding a forever home.
You CAN help. Educate others about the breed and help turn the tide of public opinion. Help stop the population growth by advocating for the spaying/neutering of all dogs. Adopt. Donate. Volunteer.