Facts about U.S. Animal Shelters: The terms “humane society” and “SPCA” are generic; shelters using those names are not part of the ASPCA or The Humane Society of the United States. Currently, no government institution or animal organization is responsible for tabulating national statistics for the animal protection movement.
Every year, millions of cats and dogs are euthanized in our nation’s animal shelters because there are more pets than there are responsible homes for them. Just how bad is the animal overpopulation problem? Some of these statistics, compiled by the Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society will shock you. The Shocking Facts and Figures: • Number of […]
We do not have a “pet overpopulation” problem; we have a market share challenge. When shelters compete for the market share of homes and keep animals alive long enough to find those homes, shelter animals are saved rather than killed.
When there is an overpopulation of pets, there are fewer services that can be provided to those who do need a home. About 2.7 million healthy pets are put down in animal shelters in the United States every year and are completely adoptable.
Overpopulation in domestic pets is the surplus of pets, such as cats, dogs, and exotic animals. In the United States, 6 to 8 million animals are brought to shelters each year, of which an estimated 3 to 4 million are subsequently euthanized, including 2.7 million considered healthy and adoptable.
FACTS ABOUT ANIMAL SHELTERING. Across the United States, volunteers and staff in animal shelters and animal control facilities see the results of irresponsible pet ownership and dog and cat overpopulation every day. However, there is very little reliable data available to illustrate this issue on a national level.
Pet overpopulation is one of the most serious issues that is facing animals today. Whether it is a homeless pet who is out on the wild, a shelter pet that is looking for a new home, or even your own family pet that is happy and healthy with a house of their own, pet overpopulation has an impact on nearly every type of pet.
These animals often end up at shelters, contributing to the pet “overpopulation” issue. Thus, American Humane wishes to understand individual, cultural and community issues that lead to pet relinquishment and to develop practical and effective intervention strategies. What you can do to combat pet overpopulation:
The companion animal overpopulation crisis can be overwhelming, but solving it starts with a “no-birth nation.” We must all prevent more animals from being born by spaying and neutering. You can help. Sign PETA’s pledge to end animal homelessness and never buy an animal from a breeder or a pet shop.
Since the 1940's, "pet overpopulation" has been an important issue to the animal welfare community. This surplus of animals has resulted in millions of dogs and cats being euthanized annually in animal shelters across the country.