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Euthanasia at Albuquerque shelter drops in 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Efforts to boost animal adoptions are starting to pay off for Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department.

The shelter brought in more than 6,000 animals this year, but hasn’t had to put down nearly as many as it has in the past. In 2009, the city-run shelter euthanized more than 6,600 cats. This year, that number dropped to 513.

The department has also reduced the number of dogs it euthanizes.

Department director Barbara Bruin tells television station KOAT the focus for the last five years has been on getting every adoptable pet out alive.

Bruin says several factors have contributed, such as more adoptions and more people fostering young pets.

The department has also been able to educate the public on the importance of spaying and neutering.