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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Animal welfare groups in Philadelphia are banding together with the goal of ending the unnecessary euthanization of cats and dogs at animal shelters.

The creation of the Philadelphia No-Kill Coalition was announced Wednesday.

The group’s goal is to ensure that no pets are put down unless they are dangerous or suffering from an untreatable illness or injury.

The organization says more than 80 percent of cats and dogs entering the city’s animal control center in 2017 survived. In 2005, only 11 percent did.

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They attribute part of that progress to a program of spaying and neutering that has greatly reduced the number of animals coming to the shelter in the first place.