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Sad Statistics About Pet Overpopulation

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With all the information available out there on pet overpopulation and the need for people to spay and neuter their pets, it’s very sad that the message isn’t getting through to enough pet parents. Innocent animals are dying in shelters because there simply isn’t enough room. According to the American Humane Association, nearly half of the animals brought into shelters end up getting euthanized because there are no homes for them. The leading cause of death in animals in the United States, according to the AHA, is shelter euthanasia.

Things You Can Do to Help


Spay or neuter your pet.

Before adopting, make sure everyone in your family understands that this is a lifelong commitment. Animals aren’t disposable.

Educate friends and neighbors around you about the importance of spay/neuter.

Educate your children about responsible pet care and animal welfare.

Adopt from a shelter or rescue organization.

Keep your cat indoors.

Don’t allow your dog to roam freely outside of your yard.

Have your pet microchipped.

Donate to your local shelter or rescue organization.



Need More Information on Pet Overpopulation?

Why you should spay/neuter your pet

Petsmart Charities and the ASPCA have partnered to create a searchable database of low-cost spay/neuter clinics. You can search by zip code. ASPCA/Petsmart Charities Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program

Northshore Animal League America has a SpayUSA nationwide network and referral service.

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Check with your local shelter as well because many have low-cost spay/neuter programs.

Get Involved

Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society Legislative Action Center

American Humane Association

Petsmart Charities

Petco Foundation



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