SEOUL, Could 17 (Yonhap) — Round 30 p.c of stray pets protected by animal shelters discovered new properties in 2020, information confirmed Monday, amid the rising recognition of elevating pets in South Korea.
The variety of pets rescued by animal shelters got here to 130,401 in 2020, down 3.9 p.c from 135,791 posted within the earlier 12 months, in accordance with the information compiled by the Ministry of Agriculture, Meals and Rural Affairs.
The information confirmed 29.6 p.c of the rescued animals in 2020 had been adopted, up 3.2 proportion factors from a 12 months earlier.
1 / 4 died of pure causes, whereas 20.8 p.c had been euthanized. Round 11 p.c had been returned to their authentic house owners.
Of the animals rescued, canine accounted for 73.1 p.c, adopted by cats at 25.7 p.c. The nation operated 280 shelters in 2020 with a mixed price range of 26.7 billion received (US$23.7 million).
Native authorities additionally neutered some 73,632 avenue cats in 2020.
Final 12 months, 235,637 animals had been newly added to the nation’s pet registration system, up 11 p.c from a 12 months earlier.
A separate survey launched by the ministry final month confirmed the variety of households elevating pets was estimated at 6.38 million in 2020, up 8 p.c from the earlier 12 months’s 5.91 million. The determine roughly interprets to twenty-eight p.c of the nation’s 23 million households.