11 Facts About Animal Homelessness

1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.

2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.

3. Homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1.

4. 3 to 4 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes.

5. 5 to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year.

6. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.

7. 25 percent of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.

8. Over 20% of people who leave dogs in shelters adopted them from a shelter.

9. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the U.S. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.

10. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.

11. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.