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US Animal Shelters 

By the Numbers

We have analyzed data from over 400+ shelters in all 50 US states.

Dog & Cat Pals

Shelter Admission: 

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.

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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!

Kill Rates

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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.

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