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2 %

or less of shelter cats are ever returned to their owners. (NCPPSP)

15 to 20%

of shelter dogs are returned to their owners. (NCPPSP)

78%

of pet dogs are spayed or neutered (APPA)

88%

of pet cats are spayed or neutered, (APPA).

20%

of people who relinquished their dogs to shelters originally adopted them from shelters. (NCPPSP)

56%

of all US households have a pet. (AVMA)

65%

of pet owners acquire their pets free or at low cost. (NCPPSP)

51%

of pets are obtained from acquaintances and family members (NCPPSP)

26%

of dogs are purchased from breeders.

33%

of pet cats were acquired as strays. (APPA)

1.9 %

fewer US households had dogs in 2011 compared to 2006. (AVMA)

2.4%

fewer household s owned a pet in 2011 compared to 2006. (AVMA)

6.2%

fewer US households owned cats in 2011 compared to 2006. (AVMA)

16.7%

fewer American households had a horse in 2011 than in 2006. (AVMA)

20.5%

fewer US households kept birds in 2011 than in 2006. (AVMA)

36.5%

of US households keep dogs and keep (AVMA)

30.4%

of US households keep cats and households with cats average 2.1 cats per household (AVMA)

63.2%

of US pet owners consider their pets to be family members. (AVMA)

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There are approximately 70 million pet dogs in the U.S. and 74.1 million pet cats. (AVMA)

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46.3 million American households keep dogs (APPA)

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38.9 million US households keep cats (APPA)

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5.7 million US households keep birds. (APPA)
   

 

 

Other Animal Shelter Related Facts

 

FACT #1

No Kill is a term that is used to describe the goal of shelter workers and activists to end the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable pets.  Go here for more detail about No Kill.  http://www.maddiesfund.org/Maddies_Institute/Articles/What_is_No_Kill.html

 

FACT #2

Many communities have been very successful in reducing the number of dogs and cats entering their shelters and the number of shelter animals they euthanize. http://www.naiashelterproject.org/shelter_chart.cfm?shelter_id=1969&state=OR

 

FACT #3

The demand for dogs is greater than the supply of dogs in many parts of the country today, so some humane societies and rescue groups have begun pet relocations programs. http://www.naiaonline.org/naia-library/articles/humane-or-insane/ 

 

FACT #4

To meet the steady demand for pet dogs in the US, hundreds of thousands of dogs are now imported every year, 199,000 from Mexico alone in 2006.  http://www.naiaonline.org/uploads/WhitePapers/ImportationCDCRabies.pdf

 


 

Sources:

 

National Council of Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP) http://www.petpopulation.org/

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) 2012 edition of the U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook: https://www.avma.org/news/javmanews/pages/130201a.aspx

American Pet Products Association (APPA) Pet Industry Market Size and Ownership Statistics http://www.americanpetproducts.org/press_industrytrends.asp