Monday, May 24, 2010

How many cats are put to sleep in the US each year?

Every year in the U.S. approximately 7.6 million cats and dogs are euthanized because lasting, loving homes cannot be found for them.

Each year millions of healthy and lovable cats and kittens are euthanized at shelters and pounds in our country because their numbers greatly exceed the number of available homes.
I do not know how many millions.The figures are only that there are 3-4 million kitties killed each year.. euthanized
I dont know. How would one go about finding out?
I imagine that statistics on this are kept locally and someone may be extrapolating them to reach national numbers. I do know that San Francisco SPCA has significantly reduced the number of cats and dogs being "put to sleep" by an aggressive campaign of spaying and neutering and working with the local animal control to become no-kill shelters for homeless companion animals.

This movement has been going on in many of the large cities in the US and the number has now been at least halved in the last ten years. It is, of course, still significant and a national disgrace.

Too many people in our country do not spay and neuter their cats and dogs and allow them to breed, dumping the kittens and puppies on shelters or giving them away "free" with no stipulations that the animal can receive necessary medical attention, quality housing and food, etc. People here continue to declaw cats (outlawed in all the countries of Western Europe) which, when they become biters or stop using their litterboxes are dumped in shelters - with taxpayers paying the tab for their housing and food.

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