Animal Adoption Figures

Animal Adoption Figures
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– thank you ASPCA for the numbers –

This weekend, while many people watched the Super Bowl there were a number of animals looking to get adopted. Adopted animals like football too – I’m adopted, and look at me, I was cheering on my beloved Seattle Seahawks.

Just like my team, many of the animals waiting in shelters lost too… shelters are over-crowded and not all shelters manage through no-kill practices. Most of the time it comes down to money.

What can you do? Donations to animal groups make a difference – however there are a number of other ways you can help out. First, spay and neuter your critters – in order to address the pet population issue, you need to start at the source. And since animals can’t help themselves, we rely on humans, you’ll need to spay and neuter us.

Also, adopt the next fuzzy one that you add to your family. Many people don’t truly know what goes on in the pet selling industry – some are reputable, however, the vast majority should evoke buyer concern. When animals are used as a commodity, the framework for fast and easy money prevails – poor conditions, poor treatment, poor breeding standards, all done without regulated standards or transparency. Imagine if you had to ‘work’ like that.

Some great resources can be found on my website – and if you have ideas or ways to get involved, please leave them in the comments section below. This way my readers can benefit from your great ideas!

Animals matter. Please help spread the rescue, adopt, spay and neuter message.

With lub, MattieDog

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26 Comments

  1. I love that info graphic. Did you make that yourself?

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    • Hi Mary – yes, I worked with the ASPCA for the figures, and than coordinated in to my own little presentation! First time I did that – so hope you like it 🙂

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  2. Those are sad statistics, especially the euthanasia rate. And the return rate too. I know many people who work hard to help people make good matches and understand what they are getting into before they adopt.

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    • I know – it takes a village! We have lots of friends involved from pulling, vet care, foster, adopting, retraining, it’s amazing to watch the commitment. I have every belief that we can make a difference – with love and a pure heart, the world can do this!

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  3. The numbers of euthanized dogs and cats are so sad. At this day and age and we (society) still cannot do better 🙁

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    • So true – we can do better, I know it!

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  4. It’s very sad that because of humans so many animals get put to sleep. All of those poor pets living in shelters…it’s a shame.

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    • It is a shame – we really need to get the word out and help everybody see the numbers. Rather staggering when you see it in a visual!

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  5. You did a wonderful job on this! I think many people are not aware of these statistics.

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    • Thanks so much – I think you are right, people may read it but to see it in a visual really takes your breath away!

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  6. great job wiht the infographic!

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    • Thank you – it was my first try, so I picked something near and dear to my heart!

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  7. Those statistics make me sad! I always encourage people to adopt because I know how great rescue dogs are!

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    • They are the best – we have lots of friends involved in da rescue of animals! Lots of times it comes down to sheer numbers, so a big old focus on spay and neuter is so helpful!

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  8. This is a very informational infographic. I always thought that cats were adopted faster

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    • Thanks! I think it depends on location, volume, etc., I was pretty amazed by the numbers.

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  9. Those statistics are so sad, especially because people think that because we’re not euthanizing 20 million animals like we were in the 80’s that it’s somehow impressive. It’s still way too high. Looking into the strays being reunited is really sad as well – cats don’t fare well in that department at all. Love the graphic.

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  10. Excellent message. I’ve been working in shelters for over 7 years and it never ceases to break my heart. All we can do is continue to educate people!

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    • The graphic really helps convey the story doesn’t it – yes, we have to continue to educate!

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  11. We really like your info graphic, too and thought of all the commercials during the Super Bowl, that LPF’s really brought into focus the plight of the 80,000…

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    • Visuals really help to tell the story – I agree The Lucy Bowl commercial was powerful!

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  12. The only way to address overcrowded shelters and euthanasia is through education to help people be better stewards of their pets. If every person who acquired a pet spayed/neutered and microchipped their pets, that alone would be a huge improvement. It’s incredible how many dogs come into our shelter that are not spayed or neutered – they are largely Males. Most intake pets are not microchipped either. I’d like to see spay/neuter and microchipping become as second nature as a rabies vaccination for every dog owner.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Cathy, Isis & Phoebe
    http://www.dogsluvusandweluvthem.blogspot.com

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    • The figure reflecting unsprayed/un-neutered animals that come in to shelters was staggering! Amen – spay, neuter and microchip!

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  13. The statistics are sobering….thanks for sharing such an important message. We can collectively make a difference.

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    • Thank you for reading and helping to spread the word – together we can make a difference, I believe that!

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  14. Those are staggering numbers. I recently did a post about why a person should consider adopting and included numbers from Canadian shelters. While not as high the percentages are close. So sad how many great dogs and cats are abandoned.

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