7 Surprising Facts About Animal Shelters

Did you know the the terms “humane society” and “SPCA” are generic. Shelters using those names are not part of the ASPCA or the Humane Society of the United States.


Currently, no government institution or animal organization is responsible for tabulating national statistics for the animal protection movement.

How many pets are in the United States? How many animals are in shelters? There are about 13,600 community animal shelters nationwide that are independent and there is no national organization monitoring these shelters.


These are national estimates - the figures may vary from state to state..

1. HOMELESS ANIMALS OUT NUMBER HUMANS 5 TO 1

2. 7 MILLION DOGS AND CATS ARE EUTHANIZED EVERY YEAR BECAUSE SHELTERS ARE TOO FULL

3. 90% OF ANIMALS COMING INTO SHELTERS ARE NOT SPAYED OR NEUTERED

4. MOST STRAYS ARE NOT KEPT INDOORS AND OR PROVIDED WITH ID TAGS

5. MORE THAN 25% OF DOGS ARE PURE BREEDS

6. ONLY 1 OUT OF 10 DOGS BORN WILL EVER FIND A FOREVER HOME


7. THE MAIN REASONS ANIMALS ARE IN SHELTERS: OWNERS GIVE THEM UP, OR ANIMAL CONTROL FINDS THEM ON THE STREET








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