Facts about Pet Ownership in the U.S.:

  • It's estimated that 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats are owned in the United States. Approximately 37-47% of all households in the United States have a dog, and 30-37% have a cat. (Source: APPA)
     
  • According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, approximately 40% of pet owners learned about their pet through word of mouth.
     
  • The majority of pets are obtained from acquaintances and family members. 28% of dogs are purchased from breeders, and 29% of cats and dogs are adopted from shelters and rescues.
     
  • More than 35% of cats are acquired as strays. (Source: APPA)
     
  • According to the American Humane Association, the most common reasons why people relinquish or give away their dogs is because their place of residence does not allow pets (29%), not enough time, divorce/death and behavior issues (10% each). The most common reasons for cats are that they were not allowed in the residence (21%) and allergies (11%).

Facts about Pet Overpopulation in the U.S.:

  • It is impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States; estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
     
  • The average number of litters a fertile cat produces is one to two a year; the average number of kittens is four to six per litter.
     
  • The average number of litters a fertile dog produces is one a year; the average number of puppies is four to six.
     
  • Owned cats and dogs generally live longer, healthier lives than strays.
     
  • Many strays are lost pets who were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
     
  • Only 10%of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered, while 83% of pet dogs and 91% of pet cats are spayed or neutered.
     
  • The cost of spaying or neutering a pet is less than the cost of raising puppies or kittens for a year.

    The following data are ASPCA estimates unless otherwise indicated.