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The Top Ten Reasons for Pet Relinquishment to Shelters in the United States

Dogs

Cats

Landlord issues

Allergies

Cost of pet maintenance

Moving

No time

Cost of pet maintenance

Inadequate facilities

Landlord issues

Too many pets

No home for littermates

Pet illness

House soiling

Personal problems

Personal problems

Biting

Inadequate facilities

No home for littermates

Doesn't get along with other pets

An estimated 52 million dogs and 57 million cats live with U.S. families.

One female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats in 7 years.

One female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in 6 years.

For every human born, 7 puppies and kittens are born.

As many as 25% of dogs entering shelters each year are purebreds.

Approximately 61% of all dogs entering shelters are killed.
Approximately 75% of all cats entering shelters are killed.

It costs approximately $150 to capture, house, feed, and eventually kill each stray animal -- a cost which you, the taxpayer, eventually pay.


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