An estimated three to four million dogs and cats are euthanized in
shelters each year.
In fact, depending on the source, the number of pets euthanized
annually is estimated to be as high as eight to ten million.
The cause is pet overpopulation.
Do you need another reason to spay or neuter your pet?
OK. Here are a few more:
Each day, 10,000 human babies are born in the US, and each day 70,000
puppies and kittens are born.
To provide a home for these animals, each person in the US would
have to have seven pets.
In reality, there will never be enough homes for all the animals
born in this country.
The pet overpopulation problem in our state costs the taxpayers
of Texas $20 million annually for animal control.
3 years, one female dog and her brood can produce 512 puppies. In
6 years, the number is 67,000 puppies.
In 3 years, one unsprayed female cat and one intact male cat can
produce 382 kittens. In 7 years one female cat and her offspring
can produce 420,000 cats.
The pet overpopulation problem is real.
Because of it, millions of animals that could be loving family
pets are killed each year.
Millions of others are abandoned and run wild, often to die an
early death because of disease or under the wheels of a car.
Why are they being killed and abandoned?
Because their caregivers, the ones who have sworn to love and
protect these animals, are not spaying
and neutering their pets.