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Animal Adoption Facts and Figures

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Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.

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The main reasons animals are in shelters:

Animal control finds them on the street

Owners give them up

 
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Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year.

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According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, less than 2% of cats and 15-20% of dogs are returned to their owners.

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2Xs as many strays enter shelters vs. the number of animals abandoned by owners.

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2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes.

25%
of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.

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3,500 number of brick-and-mortar animal shelters in the US.

10,000 number of rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in North America.

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10%
animals received by shelters that have been spayed or neutered.

 
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Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.

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It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States

Estimates for cats alone range up to

70 million

 
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