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Q: What is the average number of cat and dog euthanizations in the U.S. per Year?

March 27, 2008 | By ashley s. | 1 answer | Expired: 2197 days ago

I need the answers to be cited sources as i am using this for a college project on animal adoption so hope someone can help me and Thanks!

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Theranddav
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Mar 27, 2008

Humane Society of United States gives an estimate as of 2006.
Did a search on yahoo and this is only one of many sites I found.



HSUS Pet Overpopulation Estimates



Number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year:
6-8 million (HSUS estimate)

Number of cats and dogs euthanized by shelters each year:
3-4 million (HSUS estimate)

Number of cats and dogs adopted from shelters each year:
3-4 million (HSUS estimate)

Number of cats and dogs reclaimed by owners from shelters each year:
Between 600,000 and 750,000 -- 30% of dogs and 2-5% 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: 4-6

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

Average number of puppies in a canine litter: 6-10

Updated Oct. 12, 2006





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