Addressing a Pet Overpopulation Tragedy
Each day 10,000 humans are born in the US and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. That represents one human to 15 dogs/45 cats. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all these animals.
One cat has five kittens three times a year – these kittens reach maturity, have kittens of their own. From one pairing, 420,000 cats can be born in seven years. One dog and her descendants can produce more than 60,000 dogs in six years.
- The number of animals entering shelters each year is 8-12 million (HSUS estimate).
- The number of cats and dogs euthanized in shelters across the US is between 5-9 million – 60% dogs, 70% cats (ASPCA estimate).
- Five out of ten dogs and seven out ten cats in shelters are destroyed simply because there is no one to adopt them (ASPCA estimate).
- Unaltered dogs often exhibit more behavior and temperament problems. Severe dog attacks on people are more likely to be done by unaltered dogs.
- The cost to taxpayers every year to impound, shelter, kill and dispose of unwanted animals is about $2 billion.
Most are Young and Healthy
The majority of animals killed every year are young and healthy. Millions of cats and dogs are killed every year by cars, hundreds of thousands are abandoned, severely neglected and abused.
Many objectionable pet behaviors can be eliminated by simple spay neuter, such as - house soiling, spraying, persistent barking, meowing, escaping/roaming the neighborhood, running away, fighting, and biting humans and other pets.
Large numbers of purebred animals are destroyed every year in pounds and shelters. It is cruel to bring one more purebred litter into the world as long as we kill so many healthy animals every day across our country.
Spay neuter improves pet health and life expectancy and are more affectionate companions.
These facts speak for themselves. Innocent, healthy animals do not deserve to suffer and die needlessly. They should never have been born, though it is no fault of their own. The solution is available through your local veterinarian, low cost or free spay neuter clinics and your conscience. Spay neuter is the only answer to the endless tragedy of pet overpopulation.
Animals3 Fund for Spay Neuter Surgeries
No solution for the tragedy of animal over-population is more effective than spay-neuter surgeries. Animals Abused & Abandoned will provide funding directly to veterinary clinics that perform spay neuter surgeries to either cover the entire cost, or enough reimbursement to effectively subsidize those costs. Animals3’s goal is to expand spay neuter surgeries to the greatest extent possible.
See a list of low-cost spay/neuter clinics here.