Important Animal Statistics

  • Approximately six to eight million pets are placed in shelters every year in the United States. Three to four million are killed (60% of dogs, 70% of cats euthanized). (HSUS)
  • Five out of ten dogs in shelters and seven out of ten cats in shelters are destroyed simply because there is no one to adopt them. (ASCPA)
  • About seventy-seven million dogs and ninety-three million cats are owned in the U.S. (American Pet Products Manufacturers Assoc.)
  • About 57.4% of all households in the United States have a pet of which 37.2% have dogs and 32.4% have cats.  Some households have both cats and dogs. (American Veterinary Medical Association)
  • Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered compared to 75% of owned pets. (Petfinder: Pet Ownership page)
  • Nine out of ten pet owners consider their pet as a family member. (Petfinder: Shelters page)
  • A pair of breeding cats, which can have two or more litters per year, can exponentially produce 420,000 offspring over a seven-year period. (Feral Cat Coalition)
  • Sterilization of your cat or dog will increase his/her chance of a longer and healthier life. Altering your canine friend will increase his life an average of 1 to 3 years, felines, 3 to 5 years. Altered animals have a very low to no risk of mammary gland tumors/cancer, prostate cancer, perianal tumors, pyometria, and uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers. (SPAY-USA)
  • Sterilizing your cat/dog makes him/her a better pet, reducing his/her urge to roam and decreasing the risk of contracting diseases or getting hurt as they roam. Surveys indicate that as many as 85% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered. Intact male cats living outside have been shown to live on average less than two years. Feline Immunodeficiency Syndrome is spread by bites and intact cats fight a great deal more than altered cats. (SPAY-USA)
  • 56 percent of dogs and 71 percent of cats that enter animal shelters are euthanized. More cats are euthanized than dogs because they are more likely to enter a shelter without any owner identification. (American Humane Association)
  • Only 15 percent of dogs and 2 percent of cats that enter animal shelters are reunited with their owners. (American Humane Association)
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ASPCA Pet Statistics
SPAY-USA
Feral Cat Coalition
Humane Society of US (HSUS)
American Veterinary Medical Association
Petfinder (for shelters page)
American Humane Association
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