October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Did you know…
1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
3. Homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1.
4. 3 to 4 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes. Sign up for Puppy PR.
5. Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized because they do not get adopted.
6. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
7. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
8. Over 20% of people who leave dogs in shelters adopted them from a shelter.
9. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the U.S. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
10. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
11. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.