Reduce the Number of Unwanted Animals
In FY 2011 the Montgomery County Humane Society (taypayer-funded
county shelter took in 8,685 animals. Of those, 2,811 were adopted and 1,163 were reunited with their owners (Source: MCHS
Annual Report for 2011). The shelter did not publish euthanasia
statistics, but the different between intakes and adopted/reunited
was 4,711. Despite improvements in adoption outreach, too many
animals are being killed.
Nationwide, an estimated 8 million to 12 million companion
animals enter animal shelters every year, and approximately 5
million to 9 million are killed.
Only 10 percent of the animals received by shelters have been
spayed or neutered.
Seventy percent of cats in shelters (7 out of 10) are killed
because there is no one to adopt them.
The pet overpopulation epidemic is so staggering that for every
animal born in the United States to have a home each and every human
would have to own 6 dogs and 9 cats -- i.e., a family of four would
have to own 24 dogs and 36 cats.
It costs U.S. taxpayers an estimated 2 billion dollars each year
to round up, house, kill and dispose of homeless animals.**
Think you'll find homes for your cat's kittens? People often say
they'll adopt and then back out. Even if they do adopt, that's a
home that could have gone to a cat or kitten on death row at a
Improve Your Pet's Health and