Approximately 6-8 million pets each year enter United States animal shelters. 3-4 million of these animals are EUTHANIZED because there simply isn’t enough space.
Not only are shelters always full, but rescue groups and foster homes are always full.
There are thousands of strays just in Detroit.
There are 197 animal shelters registered with the Michigan Department of Agriculture. Each is required to report how many dogs and other pets it takes in, and how many were adopted, transferred or euthanized. In 2010 More than 100,000 animals were put to sleep at Michigan shelters.
Even if you do not “plan on putting any of the puppies in a shelter,” chances are that when a dog’s average litter size is 7-13 pups, that at some point in their 12-15 year life span, most of those puppies will end up in a shelter for reasons like: “I don’t have time for it anymore,” “I’m moving,” “I can’t afford it anymore,” “I can’t take care of it anymore, I just had a baby,” etc.
Having “just one litter” kills 7-13 already born and homeless dogs.
Spaying and Neutering your dog will make your pet live a longer and healthier life, and also prevents your dog from getting breast, ovarian and testicular cancers.
An unaltered dog will exhibit more behavior and temperament problems.
1 female dog, 1 male dog, and all of their puppies can add up to 67,000 dogs in 6 years.
“My dog is a Purebred.” 25% of shelter pets are purebred’s that cannot find a home.
75% of shelters across the United States euthanize Pit Bulls when they come in, giving them NO chance for adoption. Some of the more “lenient” shelters will give them a mere 24 hours to get adopted.
Pit Bulls are the most overbred dog in the United States, and ironically they are the hardest breed to find homes. Only 1 in 600 Pit Bulls will find a forever home. For every 1 Pit Bull, 599 are killed.