According to the ASPCA (the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), there are about 13.600 community animal shelters all over the United States. Since June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month I want to share a few statistics about animal shelters and highlight some Kansas City area shelters.
- Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats
- Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats)
- Of the dogs entering shelters, approximately 35% are adopted, 31% are euthanized and 26% of dogs who came in as strays are returned to their owner
- Of the cats entering shelters, approximately 37% are adopted, 41% are euthanized and less than 5% of cats who came in as strays are returned to their owner
With 37-47% of all households in the United States owning a dog, and 30-37% owning a cat there is no reason why we cannot rescue some of these animals! As a proud parent of a shelter dog I strongly believe that shelter animals deserve to get adopted just as much as an animal from a pet store.
A few local Kansas City Animal Shelters include:
Wayside Waifs - Kansas City's largest no-kill animal shelter established in 1944
The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City - Kansas City's oldest humane society and has been a no-kill shelter since 1994
KC Pet Project - Has 3 different locations around the Kansas City area, creating a no-kill community in Kansas City
Unleashed Pet Rescue - Works to pull animals from high kill shelters and rescue "unwanted" pets.