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Pet Overpopulation & Shelter Statistics

STATS & in FACTS the U.S. Estimated Number of Homeless approximately Estimated Number of Pets in Homes: or Feral Pets: 7.6 MILLION pets enter shelters every year! 83.3 Million Over 70 Pets Entering Shelters Yearly: 95.6 Million Cats & Dogs Million 3.9 Million Pets Adopted Yearly: Where Pet Owners Where Pet Owners 3.4 Million Get Their Cats From: Get Their Dogs From: 1.4 Friend or Family 1.3 Million Million Friend or Family 41% Bought Other 8% 41% 38% Bought 8% Stray Pets Euthanized Yearly: Adoption 22% Adoption Other 4% 28% 20% 1.2 Million PET OVERPOPULATION Dogs 1.4 Million Cats One Dog & Her Offspring Could Produce Puppies Per Litter: Litters Possible Per Year: x2 67,000 Dogs 6-10 More Than in 6 Years! 55% Kittens Per Litter: Litters Possible One Cat & Her Offspring Per Year: Could Produce x3 420,000 Cats of pets entering shelters every year will never be adopted 4-6 in 7 Years! WHY DO PEOPLE 29% Residence Doesn't Allow Pets 21% Residence Doesn't Allow Pets 10% GIVE AWAY THEIR PETS? Not Enough Time 10% Divorce or Death 11% Allergies 10% Behavior Issues Owned Pets Live Longer Healthier & Happier Lives! WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP? Spay or neuter your pet - It costs less than raising puppies or kittens. Keep your pets leashed or indoors so they can't run away or get lost. Keeping an ID Tag on your pet's collar & having them microchipped can help get your pet safely home if they do become lost. Consider Adopting Your Next Furry Family Member & Help Reduce The Number of Pets in Shelters! T FishRAC TpetRAGE THA Sources:,, Brought To You By Stray 4%

Pet Overpopulation & Shelter Statistics

shared by thatpetplace on Aug 10
Visually represents some great shelter statistics from the ASPCA and others to help bring attention to shelter pets across the US.


Sarah Cohick


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