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Animal shelter euthanizations in Michigan have fallen significantly from 2009 to 2019, the most recent year the data was available, an analysis released by the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance shows. 

Deborah Schutt, the alliance’s founder, credited “the relentless dedication of animal welfare advocates throughout the state and beyond” for saving the lives of dogs and cats that otherwise might not have made it out of shelters alive.

Numbers for 2020, which won’t be available for a few months, could be even better with some shelters and rescue agencies reporting that during the self-isolating pandemic, pet adoption have been booming.