Statistical Information from the HSUS.


Number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year: 6-8 million
Number of cats and dogs euthanized by shelters each year: 3-4 million
Number of cats and dogs adopted from shelters each year: 3-4 million
Number of cats and dogs reclaimed by owners from shelters each year:
Between 600,000 and 750,000—30 percent of dogs and 2-5 percent of cats entering shelters
Number of animal shelters in the United States: Between 4,000 and 6,000
Percentage of dogs in shelters who are purebred: 25 percent 
Average number of litters a fertile cat can produce in one year: 3
Average number of kittens in a feline litter: 4-6
50 cats at 5 kittens per litter is  250 kittens X 3 litters a year is 750 kittens
Average number of litters a fertile dog can produce in one year: 2
Average number of puppies in a canine litter: 6-10
50 dogs at 5 puppies per litter is 250 puppies x 2 litters a year is 500 puppies

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