Approximately 6.5 million companion animals arrive at one of the community animal shelters nationwide. Why do so many animals enter shelters?
The 3 most common reasons:
- Stray animals are often found on the streets and brought in by Good Samaritans or local law authorities. Unchecked stray populations tend to grow in areas without accessible and affordable spay/neuter services.
- Animals rescued from cruelty can come from situations like hoarding cases, dog fighting rings and puppy mills. These animals often suffer from trauma and require extra care and rehabilitation.
- Surrendered animals are animals whose owners can no longer care for them due to financial, behavioral or other unforeseen barriers.
Of the approximately 6.5 million companion animals who enter shelters nationwide every year, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.
GOOD NEWS STATS
- Approximately 2 million shelter animals are adopted each year(1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats).
- About 710,000 animals who enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners (620,000 dogs and 90,000 cats).
- Of the dogs entering shelters, approximately 48% are adopted
- Of the cats entering shelters, approximately 50% are adopted
BAD NEWS STATS
- Each year, approximately 5 million animals are euthanized (670,00 dogs and 860,000 cats).
- Of the dogs entering shelters, approximately 20% are euthanized
- Of the cats entering shelters, approximately 27% are euthanized
Source for stats and info: ASPCA