Since then, the euthanasia numbers have been plummeting. In 2013, 65 dogs were euthanized in just six months, according to the Democrat-Herald. In 2014, only 23 were put down over the entire year. For 2015, the shelter set out to reach a goal that most large, public shelters like them wouldn't think of reaching.
They wanted to euthanize a total of zero dogs for 2015 - and thanks to everyone's efforts, they did it. This past year, Linn County Animal Control took in over 700 dogs, and not a single one was euthanized.
"Well, we are happy to report that for the first time in the history of this shelter, not a single stray dog was euthanized in the entire year," Staff Sgt. Steve Looney said in an internal email, according to the the Democrat-Herald. "Every single stray animal was either reclaimed, adopted or accepted at a new shelter for adoption there. It was a lot of work to accomplish this goal and we are very proud of it."