Each year, more than 7.6 million animals across the United States enter shelters. Of these, approximately 31 percent of dogs (1.2 million) and 41 percent of cats (1.4 million) are eventually euthanized. Hearing this statistic can be heartbreaking for any quadruped-loving biped, and most certainly for the estimated 60 percent of O‘ahu homeowners whose families include a pet. Although Hawai‘i’s many shelters do their best to alleviate animal overpopulation, the facilities can barely keep up: limited-admission, sometimes known as “no-kill” centers, like O‘ahu Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, may be faced with the difficult choice to turn away animals because of space, while open-admission shelters like the Hawaiian Humane Society, which accepts 100 percent of animals regardless of condition—the only one to do so on O‘ahu—may have to euthanize animals that are deemed unadoptable due to factors like aggression or illness. As the largest animal welfare and protection charitable organization in the state, the Hawaiian Humane Society took in 23,876 animals, or 65 per day, with 31 percent adopted, in 2015. It is only when we, as a community, come together to chip away at this seemingly insurmountable problem that animal overpopulation can be put down for good.