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Portland among safest places for shelter dogs and cats

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland has become one of the safest communities for homeless animals in the country.

The Portland metro area's euthanasia rate at local shelters has dropped by 65 percent from 2006 to 2012, according to the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland.

More than 33,700 cats and dogs entered six shelters in Portland and Vancouver last year. The live release rate was 85 percent, compared to the national average of 40 percent.

The ASAP said no healthy and social cat or dog has been euthanized since 2010.

For metro areas with a population of more than 2 million people, Portland is in the top three for live shelter animal release rate behind just New York City and Denver.

ASAP representatives said several programs have contributed to the local success by decreasing shelter intake and increasing transfers of animals between shelters.

The "Spay & Save" program has benefited 28,000 cats of owners in need of financial assistance, resulting in a 25 percent decrease in shelter intake of cats within two years.

To get involved with ASAP and local shelters, go to ASAPMetro.org.

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