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
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)
Puppy Predators: Lax Regulation Leads to Multiple Animal Rescue Raids in Arizona – 12news.com (11.20.20)
In Arizona, animal rescues have little regulation. There are no special licenses, no regular inspections.
- “There is not really an agency or really an ability under the current laws that allows any one agency to check in and regulate these large operations,” explains Ruthie Jesus, field operations manager and animal cruelty investigator with the Arizona Humane Society.
$1 Million PETCO Foundation Grant Allegedly Misspent by Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (1.15.19)
- Investigation Spotlights Rescue Groups Buying Dogs at Breeder Auctions (5.19.18)
- Maricopa County Animal Care & Control Lacks Oversight From State Veterinary Medical Board (3.29.15)
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