Number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year

6-8 million

 

Number of cats and dogs euthanized by shelters each year

 

3-4 million

 

Number of cats and dogs adopted from shelters each year

 

3-4 million

 

Number of dogs reclaimed by owners from shelters each year

 

30%

 

Number of cats reclaimed by owners from shelters each year

 

2-5 %

 

Number of animal shelters in the United States

 

3,500

 

Percent of dogs in shelters who are purebred

 

25%

Unless otherwise indicated, statistics provided by The National Council on Pet Population, Study and Policy.

The HSUS Pet Overpopulation Page/ has links to all the stats, facts and figures, World Spay Day, thePets for Life Program, plus info on where you can find low-cost spay/neuter.