Reading the 2005/2006 annual report from the RSCPA (Qld) some dreadful statistics come to light.
From page 11 comes this.
The “kill rate” for all shelters in Qld was 56%; thankfully, this rate has been falling when compared to the past 2 years, with 63% in 2004/2005 and 73% in 2003/2004.
The highest incoming source is owners surrendering their animals, and the dominant types of animal surrendered were cats.
To the RSPCA’s credit, the re-homing rate is ever so slowly increasing, in 2005/2006 the rate was 29% up from 27% and 24% for 2004/2005 and 2003/2004 respectively.