H.O.P.E. Animal Foundation—Making A Difference In The Lives of Valley Animals

by Lorie Lewis Ham

According to Whitney Mayeda, Assistant Executive Director of H.O.P.E. in Fresno, 6,600,000 dogs received by shelters were killed last year on a nationwide basis. 8,400,000 cats taken in by shelters are killed on a nationwide basis. California spends over $250 million each year to house and care for over 1 million unwanted and abandoned pets, half of which are ultimately euthanized. In 2006, over 53,000 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens were euthanized in the Central Valley alone.