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     Pets by the Numbers U.S. Pet Ownership, Community Cat and Shelter Population Estimates
     Pets living in underserved communities in the U.S.: 23 million
      Percentage of pets living in underserved communities who are not spayed or neutered: 87%
      Percentage of pets living in underserved communities who have never seen a veterinarian: 77%
      Estimated number of community cats in the U.S.: 30 to 40 million
      Percentage of community cats who are spayed/neutered: 2%
      Percentage of new kittens born each year produced by community cats: 80%
      Percentage of people who believe leaving a community cat outdoors is preferable to having him or her caught and euthanized: 81%
      Percentage of people providing food for community cats: 10 to 12%
      Estimated number of brick-and-mortar animal shelters in the US: 3,500
      Estimated number of rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in North America: 10,000
      Number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year: 6-8 million (down from 13 million in 1973)
      Of the 3 million cats and dogs euthanized in shelters each year, approximately 2.4 million (80%) are healthy and treatable and could have been adopted into new homes
      Percentage of purebred dogs in shelters: 25%
      Number cats and dogs adopted from shelters each year: 4 million
      Percentage of cats euthanized in shelters: 70%
      Percentage of total shelter intake comprised of cats: Approximately 50% (but in some regions 2/3 of shelter population is cats)
      Estimated amount spent by humane organizations annually: $2.5 billion (about $8 per capita)
      Estimated amount spent by animal control organizations annually: $800 million to $1 billion (about $4 per capita)











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