**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.**