Statistics

Here’s the reality of what’s happening in the shelters  of this country, and why everyone should spay and neuter their pets.

The number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year is 6–8 million.

The number of cats and dogs euthanized by shelters each year is 3–4 million.

Less than 2% of the animals received at shelters have identification.

Most animals that shelters receive with identification, have outdated contact information.

The number of cats and dogs reclaimed by owners from shelters each year is only 15–30% of dogs and 2–5% of cats entering shelters.

The number of animal shelters in the United States is between 4,000 and 6,000.

The average number of litters a fertile cat can produce in one year is 3.

The average number of kittens in a feline litter is 4–6.

In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can theoretically produce 420,000 cats!

The average number of litters a fertile dog can produce in one year is 2.

The average number of puppies in a canine litter is 6–10.

In six years, one female dog and her offspring can theoretically produce 67,000 dogs! (estimates by HSUS)