PETA’s “Shelter” Killed More Than 1,700 Pets in 2020
Despite National Surge in Pet Adoptions, PETA’s Kill Mill Put Down 10% More Pets than 2019
Washington, D.C. (February 17, 2021)—PETA’s lone “animal shelter,” located at the organization’s headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, euthanized 1,759 cats, dogs, and other pets in 2020. This means that PETA euthanized nearly two in three of the animals it received over the course of 2020.
PETA only adopted out 41 pets, about 1.5% of the total number of animals it received last year. This minuscule number becomes more egregious when considering 2020 saw U.S. shelters experience record-high numbers of adoptions. The figures come from animal custody records filed by PETA with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
According to the same database, the average euthanasia rate of private animal shelters in Virginia is less than 6%—more than ten times smaller than PETA’s. Of all the animals killed at private animal shelters in the state, 74% were killed by PETA.