One of the most significant things you can do as a responsible pet owner is to spay or neuter your dog or cat. Spay/neuter can have significant health and behavior benefits for your pet, such as preventing certain kinds of cancers and other diseases, and keeping your pet safe by reducing the urge to roam and fight. Of course, the most important reason to spay or neuter your pet is to do your part to help reduce the number of homeless animals in shelters by not contributing to the pet overpopulation problem.
Think not spaying or neutering one pet won’t have much of an impact? Think again! Here are some surprising facts about pet overpopulation in the United States:
Dogs can have 2 litters of puppies per year, with an average of 6-10 puppies per litter.
Cats can have 3 litters of kittens per year, with an average of 4-6 kittens per litter.
Cats can go into heat and get pregnant at 4 months of age; dogs can get pregnant by 5 months of age.
If one male and female cat (and their offspring) are left to reproduce unchecked, they will produce 420,000 cats in 7 years.
One male and female dog (and their offspring) can produce 67,000 dogs in 6 years if left to reproduce unchecked.
70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day in the U.S.
35% of dogs and cats in U.S. households are not spayed or neutered. That’s 60 million pets that can potentially reproduce.
10 million animals enter U.S. shelters ever year. A surprising 90% of animals entering shelters are not fixed.
A shelter animal is euthanized every 8 seconds.
40% of shelter deaths occur in animals between 6 months and 2 years of age.
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