What’s Happening? Lost Dogs:hundreds of lost or stray dogs are picked up by animal control officers each day, and many end up in pounds when their owners can't be located Breeders:Breeders often overestimate the number dogs they will produce, and many unwanted or excess dogs end up at shelters or the pound Sudden change in situation:The death or sudden onset of health problems of the owner, a change in finances or living situation, and moving to another location that prevents owners from taking their dogs with them can all lead to dog shelters Second thoughts:Dogs bought as impulse purchases or gifts often end up in pounds and shelters when their owners discover that they are more work than anticipated
Visit your local Humane Society for more ways to help out the animals in your community
Ugly Truth It costs U.S. taxpayers an estimated $2 billion each year to round up, house, kill, and dispose of homeless animals. Over 56% of dogs and puppies entering shelters are killed, based on reports from over 1,055 facilities across America. An estimated 5 million cats and dogs are killed in shelters each year. On average it costs approximately $100 to capture, house, feed and eventually kill a homeless animal - a cost that ultimately comes out of our pocket. Low cost spay/neuter services are far below that amount.
Continued .. The cost of having a pregnant female can be much higher than the cost of spaying Seven dogs & cats are born every day for each person born in the U.S. Of those, only 1 in 5 puppies and kittens say in their original home for their natural lifetime. The remaining 4 are abandoned to the streets or end up at a shelter Each day 10,000 humans are born in the U.S. and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals The public acquires only 14% of its pets from shelters; 48% get their pets as strays, from friends, from animal rescuers, 38% get their pets from breeders or pet stores Only 30% of dog guardians are aware of the pet-overpopulation problem
Statistics Number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year:8–10 million Number of cats and dogs euthanized by shelters each year:4–5 million Number of cats and dogs adopted from shelters each year: 3–5 million Number of cats and dogs reclaimed by owners from shelters each year:Between 600,000 and 750,000—15–30% of dogs and 2–5% of cats entering shelters Number of animal shelters in the United States:Between 4,000 and 6,000 Percentage of dogs in shelters who are purebred:25% Average number of litters a fertile dog can produce in one year:2 Average number of puppies in a canine litter: 6–10