January 28, 2011

Crunching The Numbers

There has been a lot of facebook chat lately about the number of dogs and cats killed at our Roanoke pound (RCACP). In 2009 that number was 4894.

Divide that by the number of hours our community RCACP is open each week (35), and it works out that 2.7 companion animals are killed each hour the doors are open.

Comments have been made that "Irresponsible people are to blame", and yes, this is often true.

However, last year in the United States, an estimated 47.7 billion dollars was spent on pet care. Billion. People love dogs and cats. They love their own dogs and cats, and are usually sympathetic to the plight of the less fortunate ones.

At Angels of Assisi, we can always count on our community to show up when we are involved in a big rescue. Donations of all shapes and sizes appear in our lobby. Nice people volunteer to clean, transport, and help the neglected or abused pets anyway they can. It feels like a group effort. Actually, it IS a group effort.

Let's take a step back and define "community" as it pertains to our RCACP. The Regional Center receives stray and owner relinquished animals from Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Botetourt County and the Town of Vinton.

The population breakdown is:

City of Roanoke                    93,304

County of Roanoke
(including Vinton)                92,991

County of Botetourt              33,299

Total People Population: 219,594

Number of Pets Killed:         4894

That means if 1 out of every 44 people stepped up and adopted, fostered or networked an animal, we'd be in pretty good shape. I think we've got 1 out of 44 people out there that care. That's around 2.2% of our local population. Anybody in?

"Love of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on which all of us may meet. By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each other."
-- Louis J. Camuti


  1. Thank you SO much for bringing these numbers to everyone's attention! It is RIDICULOUS that these numbers come from our town! A town that I KNOW if filled with animal lovers of all shapes and sizes...from bunny friends to Big 'ol Pitt Bull lover...all willing and wanting to lend a helping hand...or paw.We need to come together as a community and help these animals who need our help,and maybe a spot on our couch.We need to figure out some way to get the RCACP to let us a group...and as a community.Now getting them to accept our help is the hard part :/

  2. Teresa PowellJanuary 28, 2011

    I am willing to help any way I can to save a life.
    My facebook page proves that. I've offered help and my help and comments on tbose numbers got deleted off their page. Why would they delete an entire thread about helping, working together, and trying to get that kill number down?
    Folks, our tax dollars are paying for for these animals to be destroyed. It's time to speak up, get involved and help these animals. Stand up for what you believe in.
    I will not give up on this very important issue.