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Animal Shelters

  • Approximately 8-12 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year and approximately 5-9 million are euthanized (60% of dogs and 70% of cats). Shelter intakes are about evenly divided between those relinquished by owners and those picked up by animal control. These are national estimates; the percentage of euthanasia may vary from state to state.
  • Less than 2 percent of cats and only 15-20% of dogs are returned to their owners.* Most of these were identified with tags, tattoos or microchips.
  • 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.*
  • Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. 75% of owned pets are neutered.

Pet Overpopulation

  • The average number of litters a fertile cat produces is one to two a year; average number of kittens in litters is 4-6.
  • The average number of litters a fertile dog produces is one a year; average number of puppies is 4-6.
  • It is impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the US; estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  • Owned cats and dogs generally live longer, healthier lives than strays.
  • Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.

Statistics from our Clinic’s Target Areas:

County

Estimated # of Pet Cats

Estimated # of Pet Dogs

Estimated # of Feral Cats

Estimated # of Pitbulls

Coweta

 

38,518

31,777

21,185

1,440

Troup

19,591

16,163

10,775

1,020

Meriwether

6,903

5,695

3,797

400

Heard

3,493

2,882

1,921

200

Fayette

32,360

26,697

17,798

1,420

 

Estimated Shelter Intake/Euthanasia:

County Shelter

Estimated # dogs impounded

Estimated # cats impounded

Estimated # dogs euthanized

Estimated # cats euthanized

Data Year

Coweta

2,302

1,735

1,281

983

2008

Troup

1,313

1,008

954

733

2008

Meriwether

388

297

111

85

2008

Heard

639

491

87

67

2008

Fayette

820

630

319

245

2008

Data extrapolated from Georgia Voters for Animal Welfare Survey of Animal Services in Georgia 2008 Animal totals, and not species totals were available in this survey.

 

Coweta County Animals Control 6-Year Impound/Disposition Stastics– Self Reported

Year

Total Impounded

Total Adopted

Total Rescued**

Total Euthanized

Reclaimed

2004

3887

855 (15%)

456 (12%)

2288 (59%)

249 (6%)

2005

3743

693 (19%)

380 (10%)

2318 (62%)

268 (7%)

2006

3912

835 (21%)

1253 (32%)

1399 (36%)

316 (8%)

2007

3918

797 (20%)

1300 (33%)

1475 (38%)

266 (7%)

2008

4037

993 (25%)

1473 (36%)

1237 (31%)

Not available

2009

3,644

828 (23%)

1,282 (35%)

1,157 (31%)

273 (7%)

** Rescued by humane societies, rescue groups, or other licensed agencies

CONCLUSION: Euthanasia rates have been impacted by an increased rescue presence at this facility. Notice that in 2006 total animals rescued increased by 22%. Efforts by rescue agencies also more highly publicized the animals at the facility thus increasing both public adoptions and animals reclaimed. In the absence of these rescue agencies, the euthanasia statistics would still be at approximately 70%.

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