This website is to inform and educate the public about animal welfare in the USA. Many people are not aware of the truth concerning domestic animals. If they knew, they would not go to any breeders or pet stores who charge anabsurd amount of money for an animal. It is estimated that more than 10 million animals are euthanized (killed) every year in shelters which happens in every state. Why? Because there are not enough shelters or homes for them. But yet,there are so many rescue organizations where they house particular breeds and some that have many different breeds to include puppies and all ages. Also, there are foster parents that house animals until they become adopted.And of course, there are wonderful animal shelters throughout the USA and most are local to your residence. Anyone who is interested in a domestic animal will be fully vetted by each organization to ensure proper placement.Below is a website of all the shelters in the USA with available pets and it is very user friendly: www.petfinder.com. Please see the link below. Here is another website that has all the breed rescue groups in the USA: www.savearescue.org.Please also try: www.adoptapet.com.How do we know this information about shelters? On a daily basis, we receive pictures of homeless shelter animals who are not adopted yet, and only have an estimated time to stay within a shelter. So why would anybody adopt from abreeder or pet store? Some people say they don't have a lot of time to search for this information. Well to make it really easy, there are people like us who can direct you to varies places close to your home and best of all it is FREE.
To follow is the most recent data.....
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - OFFICE OF ANIMAL WELFARE
Facts and Figures:
- Approximately 52 million dogs and 57 million cats live in U.S. homes.
- One unspayed female cat and her unaltered offspring can produce 420,000 cats in seven years.
- Seven puppies and kittens are born for every one human.
- More than 12 million dogs and cats are euthanized in pounds and shelters across the country every year. Millions more are abandoned in rural and urban areas. The fact is there are simply not enough homes for them.
- As many as 25% of dogs entering shelters across the country each year are purebreds.
- Approximately 61% of dogs entering shelters across the country will be euthanized.
- About 75% of all cats entering shelters across the country will be euthanized.
- In recent years, "exotic" pets have become increasingly popular. In addition to the many cats and dogs they receive, shelters and pounds are now acquiring other unwanted pets such as rabbits, lizards, birds, ferrets, rats, mice, hamsters, to name a few. People purchase these animals without knowing how to properly care for them. Often these exotics are allowed to breed freely in the home. When these animals are no longer wanted, they are dropped off at local shelters or abandoned in rural, suburban and urban areas. Unfortunately, many of these pets that are brought to the shelter or pound must be euthanized for lack of homes. Those that never reach the shelter or pound are left to fend for themselves in the outdoors.
- Nearly two-thirds (62%) of households own a pet compared with 56% in 1988.
- Almost half, or 47%, of households own more than one type of pet.
- Cats are more popular than man's best friend, with 73 million felines in the United States compared with 68 million dogs.
- Annual pet spending is $35.9 billion, up from $34.4 billion in 2004, and more than double from just a decade ago.