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Ten cold hard facts about homeless pets and bully breeds in the United States:
1. There are about 70 million stray animals living in the U.S. Of this 70 million, only about six to eight million cats and dogs enter the nation’s 3,500 shelters every year, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
2. That evens out to about five homeless animals for every homeless person in the U.S, reportsDoSomething.org. Both of these numbers are unnacceptable.
3. To pay for all of this – the impoundment, sheltering, euthanasia and subsequent disposal of homeless animals – U.S. taxpayers shell out between one to two billion dollars annually.
4. The two main reasons animals end up in shelters are because they’ve either been surrendered by their guardians or picked up off the street by animal control officers.
5. Around 10 percent of animals entering shelters have been spayed or neutered, which is problematic considering in just six years, one un-spayed female dog and her offspring can create 67,000 dogs, reports Watatuga Humane Society.
6. About 30 percent of shelter dogs are eventually reclaimed by their guardians. What’s more, only about three to four million cats and dogs are adopted from shelters each year.Know what this means?
7. Nearly half of all animals that arrive in U.S. shelters are euthanized because there is a lack of space and adopters, amounting to roughly 2.7 million dead animals every year or five out of every ten dogs.
8. Five out of every ten shelter dogs each year amounts to about 5,500 euthanized dogs every day.
9. Of all the dogs that enter the shelter system, pit bull types have it the worst with a shockingly high euthanasia rate of 93 percent.
10. Out of six to eight million cats and dogs, one in four animals brought into shelters are pit bulls or pit-associated breeds and mixes – currently the most (wrongly) marginalized dogs in the U.S. and many other parts of the world.
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