Just How Big Of A Problem Is Pet Overpopulation? Look At The Facts!
Shocking statistics that put the pet overpopulation problem in a new light.
Many of us have heard over and over again those common pet health and happiness tips that every animal activist always shares. For instance, that you should always spay and neuter your pets, or that you should try and adopt a pet from a local shelter whenever possible. However, while we know that these tips are important and are beneficial to animals, do we really know the reason behind why we do these things? And, even more so, do we truly know the effect that these simple steps can have on the overall pet overpopulation problem?
To help explain just how big of a problem pet overpopulation is in the United States and, in turn, why simple things like spaying/neutering or animal adoption are so important, here are a few facts about homeless animals that may help to put these issues into a better light.
1. There are about 5 homeless animals for every homeless person in the United States. However, there is not nearly enough animal shelters or money available to help these homeless animals, so many of them face euthanization.
2. Nearly half of all animals that arrive in shelters are euthanized, resulting in around 2.7 million dead animals every year. (That’s about 5 of every 10 dogs, or 7 of every 10 cats.) And when you step back from animal shelters alone, about 5,500 dogs are euthanized every day, because they had no home, no shelter or no place else to go.
3. Pit bulls in shelters have the highest euthanasia rate of 93%, out of all other dogs that enter the shelter system. However, many people have the wrong assumption about pit bulls, and many other dogs who have been deemed “aggressive” or “bad behaved.” Many of these pets just need someone to take the time to train them, work through their common problems and love them—just as with any other animal breed!
4. 70 million stray animals currently live in the United States. However, only 6 to 8 million of stray cats and dogs enter shelters every year. The best way to help out these remaining pets who face the possibility of euthanization is to adopt pets from your local shelters so you can help to open up spots for other strays to come into shelters.
5. Only about 30% of shelter dogs are reclaimed by their owners, and only 2-5% of cats are reclaimed. Therefore, it is more important than ever that your family pets have proper identification so they can find their way home in case they are ever lost, rather than taking up space at a shelter.
6. Only 10% of animals entering shelters have been spayed or neutered, despite this being one of the most effective ways to put a stop to animal overpopulation. For example, just one un-spayed female dog and her offspring can create 67,000 dogs in just 6 years alone. One un-spayed female cat and her offspring is even worse, potentially being able to produce 420,000 kittens in 7 years. This is why it is so important to spay and neuter your family pets, even if they do not regularly spend time outdoors! It’s better to be safe than sorry.
To learn more about the problem of pet overpopulation in the United States, as well as to speak to someone about what you can do to make a difference for the local homeless pets in your area, be sure to contact Texas Alliance for Homeless Pets today.
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