Over Population of Pets Essay

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Cynthia McDaniel Mattie Miller English Comp 111 20 September, 2011 Essay #3 The Cause and Effects of Pet Overpopulation In 6 years, a female dog and her offspring can be a source of 67,000 puppies. (Nash) The overpopulation of pets is an ongoing problem. With startling statistics that proves that this is a bigger problem than most people realize. Statics show that around 5 to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide each year and 3 to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats).Shelter intakes are about evenly divided between those animals relinquished by owners and those picked up by animal control. The percentage of euthanasia varies from state to state. According to “The National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy”, less than 2 percent of cats and only 15 to 20 percent of dogs are returned to their owners. Most of these are identified with tags, tattoos, or microchips.25 percent of dogs that enter the shelter are purebred. Only 10 percent of pets received by the shelters are spayed or neutered. More than 20 percent of animals in the shelters came from a shelter. Evan more shocking, 5 out of 10 dogs in shelters and 7 out of 10 cats are destroyed simply because there is no one to adopt them. (Policy) There are about 5000 community animal shelters nationwide that are independent .There is no national organization monitoring these facilities. The terms “human society” and “SPCA” are generic; shelters using those names are not part of the ASPCA or Human Society of the United States. (Policy) “The American Veterinary Medical Association” states that an increasing number of media reports describe pets found in homes that have been vacated due to foreclosure. Sometimes these pets have been abandoned but are otherwise healthy; other times, these pets have been found ill, dying or dead. Many people, who can

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