US Animal Shelters
By the Numbers
We have analyzed data from over 400+ shelters in all 50 US states.
Open or Limited Cat Intake?
Our data analysis shows that in 2017 shelter intake was 50/50 dogs and cats. This has trended to where in 2019 admission was 52% cats
and 48% dogs!
Total Shelter Intake
Dogs & Cats
Total shelter intake increased about 8%
from 2017 to 2019.
In 2019, kill rates for dogs in US was 12% while cat kill rates were 8%. The lower cat kill rates may be the result of trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) programs to keep community cats out of shelters!
Animal Sheltering Costs
The cost in 2019 for an animal shelter to shelter one dog or cat on average was $553.45.
Think of the savings that could be recognized by increasing spay/neuter efforts which humanely reduce dog and cat homelessness.