According to the Humane Society of the United States, four million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters across the United States each year. That's nearly one animal every 8 seconds. Think about that... In the time since you started reading this 2 animals have been put down. Most of these animals are put down simply because there isn't enough room in the shelter, and "new" animals are coming in. Imagine being in a position to decide which animals have to "go" and which ones get to stay... That is not a position that I would want to be in, and yet in shelters all across the country, it happens every day. Why? Because there isn't room or resources to care for these animals.

The Vanderburgh Humane Society is making an effort to inform the public of the growing issue of animal euthanasia due to overpopulation. VHS has launched a campaign to fund a documentary, Dying To Be Adopted, that they hope will shine light onto this growing problem.

The goal is to get this documentary widely circulated so communities can learn what they can do to help control or stop the pet overpopulation and the needless deaths of millions of animals simply because there are not programs in place to help. Or how to expand on existing programs to better serve this often overlooked problem. If this project doesn't happen, think of how many will continue to die. So many animals are surrendered every year with the same thought in mind "oh, he's cute, he will find a home". All of them are cute but the stark reality is not all of them find a home, instead, over half of them will leave the shelter in a bag headed to an incinerator. For some, the only care and love they will ever know comes from those who have the compassion to work at these facilities. It doesn't have to be this way and you can help. By supporting this documentary you can be a part of the solution. By educating others is how you stop the problem.

Their goal is to raise $95,000 to create this documentary. VHS consistently has higher adoption rates, and they have worked very hard to reduce the rate of their euthanasias. You can make a donation to the Dying To Be Adopted campaign.

Watch the video as Kendall Paul of the Vanderburgh County Humane Society talks about the impact that you could make.