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Young-Williams Animal Center says a successful spay and neuter program means they're seeing fewer dogs.

They say the number of dogs the shelter has taken in has dropped about 30 percent since 2012. The peak year was in 2009, and since then the numbers have gradually dropped.

July is typically the highest intake month.

Young-Williams says if you want to keep shelters from having to put down animals, spay and neuter your pets.

"Euthanasia is related to the amount of unwanted or homeless pets in your community. So if the community is spaying and neutering their pets, you're gonna have less homeless pets meaning less euthanasia in shelters," said Amy Johnston with Young-Williams.

Johnston says while the number of cats they take in is dropping, it's not as drastic as the drop in dogs, since it's harder to control a cat population.

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