ANIMAL SHELTERS: PET STATISTICS

According to ASPCA (sources: 2015-2018)

  • It’s estimated that 6.5 million companion animals enter animal shelters in the U.S. every year. Of this total, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.
  • Approximately 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats).
  • Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats).

POPULAR PET ADOPTION WEBSITES

REHOMING PETS

An increasing number of Pet Owners are adopting pets directly via websites that offer HOME-TO-HOME adoptions. Pets staying out of animal shelters reduces the risk of exposure to illness and the potential of being euthanized while increasing the shelters’ ability to care for the homeless and abused animals.

POPULAR REHOMING WEBSITES:

According to an ASPCA’s National Rehoming Survey (2015), it’s estimated that 6% of all households (6.12 million households) with dogs and cats in the U.S. Rehomed a pet within the previous 5 years.

PETS WERE MOST LIKELY TO BE REHOMED BY:

  • Given to a friend or family member: 37%
  • Relinquished to animal shelter: 36%
  • Taken to a veterinarian: 14%
  • Given to someone not previously known (stranger): 11%
  • Set free: 1%

Goodbye to a Good Friend: An Exploration of the Re-Homing of Cats and Dogs in the U.S. (October 2015)
https://www.scirp.org/journal/paperinformation.aspx?paperid=60176

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