Animal shelters try their best to give homes to orphan pet animals who either are found stranded scared and hurt on the streets or are left at their doorsteps by the owners who cannot support them any longer. While the pet stores earn a lot from animal breeding, animal shelters did not get the limelight and people’s attention up until recently. Now that the pet-loving community is connected online, people are becoming more aware of the animal shelters, and lonely animals are finding new homes. Here are some of the facts about animals homelessness that you can learn as an animal lover.
Only one out of ten dogs find home
The sad truth is that not all dogs find families and most of them are left stranded on the streets fighting for survival. Only one out of ten dogs get a permanent home for a lifetime which includes the dogs that are sent to shelters after families adopted them.
Owners give up their pets
It is shocking to find that most of the animals that arrive at shelters are not the ones that were already stranded. They are either found by animal control on the streets or are sent directly to the shelters by families.
Cats and dogs are killed due to lack of space
Every year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because the shelters cannot make space for every animal. There are not enough adoptive homes to keep the animals.
Maximum stranded animals are cats and dogs
Approximately 7.6 million pet animals are sent to animal shelters around the country every year. Out of this population, around 3.9 million are dogs, and 3.4 million are cats. The other animals include rabbits, hamsters, and various birds.
Animal shelters have purebred dogs
Another interesting fact about animal homelessness is that around 25% of the dogs that arrive at the shelters are purebred. It means that even though they are of the highest breeds, it is difficult for them to find a place in a family.
More strays than pets
Animal shelters usually have more stray dogs compared to pets. About twice the number of stray dogs arrive at shelters compared to the number that gets relinquished by their owners.
Only 10% of animals in shelters are spayed or neutered
Animal shelters have reported that only a small number of animals (accounting to 10%) that are brought to shelters are spayed or neutered. Due to the owners not paying attention to overpopulation and letting their pets breed accidentally, millions of animals are killed annually.
Many pets do not have identification
Many stray pets are the lost pets that were not kept properly by owners inside their homes and were not given any identities. They are left outside without any identity, which increases the chances of getting lost if they do not find a way back home.