The following is from Brad Jensen at www.sheltertrak.com.
Notice the extremely poor survival rate for cats through June 1, 2008. Nothing has really changed much since Boks started.
The 6% "Other" category is basically cats that died in shelter. Therefore the kill rate for cats is an appalling 57% compared to 25% for dogs.
Compare this dismal kill/save rate with that for dogs.
The cat kill rate is much more than double. The Died in Shelter Rate is triple than for dogs. Dogs have a 1,700% higher Return to Owner rate and adoptions are about 30% lower than dogs.
Why? The same reason Pierce uses cat cadavers; they are readily available because people and shelters care less about them, let them wander free in the streets and have little sense of responsibility towards them compared to dogs. Also, I think just because they are smaller than dogs makes some people regard them less.
AND, Boks is not extremely allergic to dogs as he is to cats, and kennel workers fear handling them from fear of getting bitten.
You know, sometimes reporting on the utter failures of LAAS and County seems pointless. Nothing seems to improve much and no one is held accountable. The Mayor and Supervisors ignore all statistics about their dismal failure, and say Boks and Mayeda are wonderful administrators and both run the biggest adoption agencies and are almost no-kill status.
Even more remarkable than Boks' lack of accomplishment is that Mayeda's record is so much worse, probably the worst of any other large shelter system in the county, and she has been in charge for seven years, but no one at County seems to care.
Obama was widely criticized when he said people in the rural and Midwest areas are so used to having government ignore them, that they have grown bitter and cling to their religion and guns. Well, we have grown bitter and only fight with each other for tidbits and micro changes. Why is unity so hard to achieve in the animal community so that we can throw the rascals out?