|Source: American Humane Society, Born Free U.S.A., Pet Finder|
|Research Date: 8.22.2012|
|Animal shelters house homeless, lost, or abandoned animals, typically cats and dogs.
The goal of the modern animal shelter is to provide a safe and caring environment until the animal is either reclaimed by its owner, placed in a new home, or placed with another organization for adoption. Some public animal shelters around the world euthanize animals that are not adopted within a set period of time (usually 1 to 2 weeks); others have a policy of only putting down animals that are in distress due to age or illness. Most private shelters are typically run as no-kill shelters. Most shelters will test the animals to see what type of home would be most suitable for living before they are placed for adoption.
|Animal Shelter Statistics|
|Total number of nationwide animal shelters||5,000|
|Number of companion animals that enter into animal shelters nationwide annually||5 million|
|Average annual number of companion animals that are euthinized at shelters||3.5 million|
|Percent of dogs in animals shelters that are euthanized||60%|
|Percent of cats in animal shelters that are euthanized||70%|
|Percent of cats that are returned to their owners||2%|
|Percent of dogs returned to their owners||15%|
|Total percentage of dogs claimed to be spayed or neutered||78%|
|Total percentage of cats that are claimed to be spayed or neutered||88%|
|Total number of animals that end up in a shelter that are spayed or neutered||10%|
|Percent of dogs brought to shelters that were adopted by a shelter||20%|
|Percent of dogs and cats that are adopted from shelters||25%|
|Total number of dogs and cats that are bought at pet stores||6%|
|Percentage of people that get their pets free or at low cost||65%|
|Cost of taxpayer money annually to round up, house, kill and dispose of homeless animals||$2 billion|
|Total percentage of dogs in shelters that are purebred||25%|
|Total percentage of U.S. homes who own at least 1 companion animal||63%|
|Total number of homes that own at least 1 companion animal||70 million|
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