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Don't Litter!

Spay/Neuter Your Pets!

Animal Overpopulation is a Problem

Each year, more than 30 MILLION unwanted homeless dogs and cats - most of them healthy and less than 18 months old - ARE EUTHANIZED by shelters. Why are there too many pets? The most obvious problem is failure to spay or neuter; the second is indiscriminate breeding. The pet population can be controlled by spay/neuter. It is estimated that one unspayed dog can lead to over 4,000 puppies in seven years! In the same time, a female and male cat can produce over 400,000 kittens!!

Below are statistics of pet overpopulation from the Humane Society of the United States.

Number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year:
68 million (HSUS estimate)

Number of cats and dogs euthanized by shelters each year:
34 million (HSUS estimate)

Number of cats and dogs adopted from shelters each year:
34 million (HSUS estimate)

Number of cats and dogs reclaimed by owners from shelters each year:
Between 600,000 and 750,0001530% of dogs and 25% of cats entering shelters (HSUS estimate)

Number of animal shelters in the United States:
Between 4,000 and 6,000 (HSUS estimate)

Percentage of dogs in shelters who are purebred:
25% (HSUS estimate)

Average number of litters a fertile cat can produce in one year: 3

Average number of kittens in a feline litter: 46

In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can theoretically produce 420,000 cats.

Average number of litters a fertile dog can produce in one year: 2

Average number of puppies in a canine litter: 610

In six years, one female dog and her offspring can theoretically produce 67,000 dogs.