While there are still millions of pets that are surrendered to shelters every year in the U.S., that number is luckily decreasing. Because less pets
end up in shelters and more are able to find a new home, the share of shelter animals that are euthanized is also growing smaller, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The number of animals dropped off at shelters across the U.S. also differs from state to state. The American West has higher rates of owners giving away their pets. Idaho registered the highest rate in 2018, with more than 2,300 animals surrendered per 100,000 inhabitants. Next up were New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada, all with more than 1,500 animals given away per 100,000 residents, according to the Shelter Animals Count.