Why is there such an overpopulation of pets?

Why is there such an overpopulation of pets?

According to The American Humane Association, each year, approximately 8 million stray and unwanted animals are taken in by shelters across the country. Tragically, about 3.7 million — nearly half — of these animals must be euthanized because good homes cannot be found for them. In fact, shelter euthanasia is the leading cause of death for both dogs and cats in the United States.

What are the causes of overpopulation?

Irresponsible breeding – 35% of pet owners still choose not to spay/neuter

Choosing not to adopt – Virtually all puppies sold at pets stores come from puppy mills, where dogs live miserably in tiny cages with little or no opportunity to exercise, play or socialize. Although there are many responsible breeders, there are far more irresponsible ones who are breeding for profit without regard for good health and temperament or the pet overpopulation problem.

Disposable pets – The continuous flow of animals into shelters across the country is not just made up of litters of puppies and kittens. In fact, most shelters receive a greater number of stray and owner-relinquished adult pets. The majority of stray pets arrive at shelters without any identification, and most are never reclaimed by their owners. Average owner reclaim rates for stray dogs are less than 50 percent and for cats they are less than 10 percent.

So Texas Alliance for Homeless Pets (TAHP) is what we are going to do about it.  A coalition that will unite animal welfare groups for a common vision: every pet having a healthy happy home.  This will be modeled after other successful collaborative endeavors like The New York Mayors Alliance and No More Homeless Pets in Utah.

The two main differences being we will not have the support of Maddies Fund as they are no longer giving community grant money.    So we need YOUR help – Please consider volunteering or donating to make a difference!

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  1. Bayu says:

    A very wonderful copule that live in the neighborhood saw the posters we put up and received the message from They saw a little white dog running around in the field across from the nursing home that is at the front of our development. She went home and called my husband and her husband went back with the car and was able to get Sassy in his car until my husband could get there. We are very, very lucky. She got out last Sunday and we had very cold temps and a snow storm Monday night into Tuesday and then rain and more cold temps off and on for the rest of the week. She’s an indoor dog, at least now I know she’s a lot tougher then I would have thought to survive five days outside. If she was a cat I would say she just used one of her nine lives. Without PetAmberAlert and the help and prayers we have had from neighbors and friends she would still be out there and we would still be heart broken. My heart goes out to all the families that are still looking!

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