Get Informed: 10 Startling Facts About Pet Overpopulation

Get Informed: 10 Startling Facts About Pet Overpopulation

These shocking facts will help to put pet overpopulation into perspective.

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.

Unfortunately, nearly four million cats and dogs―that’s about one every eight seconds―are euthanized in shelters across the United States each year because there are simply too many pets that are looking for a home and there is not enough room for all of them in rescue centers.

However, what most people do not realize is that the pets that end up in shelters, desperate for a home, are not just pets that were born and raised on the streets. Often these helpless animals are the offspring of a cherished family pet who became “accidently” pregnant or impregnated another pet because they were not spayed or neutered. Unfortunately, this often is because many families do not realize that helpful programs exist, such as Big Fix For Big D, where you can get your pet spayed for usually under $50.

It is because of this lack of understanding, along with many other factors, why pet overpopulation continues to be such a prominent issue all across the country. To help you become more informed during February’s National Spay and Neuter Month, we have put together 10 startling facts that may help to put pet overpopulation into better perspective:

  1. 1 in 20 of the 163 million pet dogs and cats in the United States end up in a shelter every year. – The American Humane Association
  2. 35% of pet owners still choose not to spay and neuter their pets. – The American Humane Association
  3. Only 10% of animals received at shelters are neutered or spayed. Yet the cost of having an animal neutered or spayed is less than the cost of raising a single puppy or kitten in a year. – The Cat Pee Diaries Infographic
  4. About 8 million strays and unwanted animals are taken in by shelters each year. (And 3.7 million of them are euthanized). – The American Humane Association
  5. In one year, one cat can have three litters (12 offspring). In two years, this can lead to 144 offspring if each of these offspring also have 3 litters. In 3 years, 1,728 offspring. In 4 years, 10,736 offspring. – The Cat Pee Diaries Infographic
  6. Neutering male pets helps to reduce the risk of prostate cancer and eliminate the risk of testicular cancer. – The Cat Pee Diaries Infographic.
  7. Spaying female pets can help reduce the risk of breast cancer and eliminate the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer in female dogs. – The Cat Pee Diaries Infographic
  8. Male cats are less likely to spray urine and mark their territory when they are neutered, eliminating horrible odors in a household. – The Cat Pee Diaries Infographic
  9. Spayed or neutered pets are typically better behaved and tend to be more calm and affectionate. –  The Cat Pee Diaries Infographic
  10. Spaying and neutering your pets is one of the easiest and most efficient ways of decreasing the homeless animal populations in shelters and all around the world.


Information source: The Cat Pee Diaries | The American Humane Association

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