THE STATISTICS ARE STAGGERING
It is estimated that 4-6 million cats and dogs are euthanized annually in this country. This number has decreased markedly since the 1980’s when an estimated 17 million were killed annually. Awareness of the magnitude of the problem, humane education, promotion of surgical sterilization, and other animal control efforts have contributed to this dramatic decrease.
The problem is far from over though.
Approximately 8-10 million cats and dogs enter shelters annually; 4-5 million of these are euthanized, while 3-5 million are adopted. Between 15-30% of dogs and <5% of cats are reclaimed by their owners after they have entered a shelter, usually through an animal control agency.
It’s estimated that there are 30-60 million homeless cats: free-roaming, stray and feral cats.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
In a word: ADOPT
If you’re looking for a specific breed or characteristics, sometimes it takes time to search through pet listings and contact shelters and rescues.
We can help! Ask about our adoption counseling services.
We can search local shelters for you and do some of the work to make initial contact with the shelter.
We do ask you to complete a brief questionnaire, and ultimately you will have to complete the adoption process with the specific agency.
Because we want shelter pets to find new homes, we only ask for a small fee for this service.
And two more words to remember: SPAY / NEUTER
When you are adopting, ask the shelter or rescue to spay/neuter before you take the pet home. If for some reason they don’t, ask about low-cost spay/neuter in your area.
Statistics reported by The Humane Society of the United States.