2018 pet adoption numbers from the Humane Society of the Black Hills

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Looking back on 2018, how many pets were able to find forever homes and how many are still looking?

According to the Humane Society of the Black Hills, 2,133 pets were adopted in 2018. Compared to 2017, between two-hundred and three-hundred more pets were adopted this past year. Overall, about 5,200 pets were brought into the Humane Society last year compared to the estimated 4,700 that came to them in 2017.

When it comes to returns in 2018, there were only about 80 pets returned to the Humane Society after they had been adopted.

“We haven’t seen a big drop with the new year. Like we had talked about before. Cat season continued.  So cat numbers were still up well into December. So that could continue. We’ve got a lot of puppies now. A lot of dogs, so we’re starting on a high note. And we don’t know where that will play out throughout the whole year. Hopefully it comes down. Hopefully people spay and neuter and practice that kind of pet management and we don’t have those numbers go up,” said Jerry Steinley with the HSBH.

There are still so many more pets looking for their forever homes like dogs, cats, rabbits, even birds and chinchillas sometimes. Be sure to tune in every Friday morning during NewsCenter 1 Today to meet a new “Pet of the Week” that is up for adoption at the HSBH.


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