It is a good time to be a dog in the USA, as this lovely story shows. In the 1970s, as many as 20 million dogs and cats were euthanized each year, but that has dropped dramatically due to sophisticated dog–relocation networks that move dogs from states with too many to states with too few, and some cultural changes. Many people now want 'rescues', and broader spay and neuter programs and sophisticated surgical techniques mean fewer animals are born each year. An estimated 390,000 dogs and 530,000 cats are euthanized each year, down from 2.6 million as recently as 2011. The puppy transports connect communities while addressing the numbers of excess animals, shelters that were once overwhelmed now help other shelters, and staff can dream about putting themselves out of business.

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