Pet (dog and cat) overpopulation in the united states over half of all united states (us) households own a dog or cat the us, as is the total number of pets killed, estimates suggest that between one-tenth and one-quarter of the entire us pet population is destroyed annually because of a surplus dog and cat problem. Chapter 2 the assessment of welfare by rachel a casey and john w s bradshaw chapter 3 the human-cat relationship by penny l bernstein chapter 4 behaviour problems and welfare by sarah e heath chapter 5 cat overpopulation in the united states by philip h kass. You may have seen them wandering through parks or languishing behind restaurants at first, these cats look domesticated but they're really wild animals feral cats are the offspring of stray or abandoned household pets raised without human contact, they quickly revert to a wild state and form colonies. Russia and the us are not alone, however, with pet overpopulation being a global issue euthanasia as a means of animal population control in countries such as the us, the uk and the eu, is performed in a humane fashion by qualified veterinary staff in many countries, however, stray dogs and cats are seen as vermin. The toll has been staggering: during the last 40 years, more than 250 million cats and dogs have been put to death at animal shelters in the united states as one vet- erinary epidemiologist put it “(o)f all the issues affecting the welfare of companion animals in the united states, there can be none larger in scope, greater in. To arrive at the new findings, researchers from the smithsonian's migratory bird center and the us fish and wildlife center assembled a systematic review of every us-based cat predation study known in the scientific literature (excluding hawaii and alaska) based on figures the authors verified as. Gainesville, fl 32610-0136, usa animal overpopulation including feral cats is an important global problem there are many the definition of a feral cat varies considerably and they have often been referred to as stray cats and in particular the usa pet overpopulation is a growing problem and is a result of people, al.
Cats euthanized each year however, current data collection efforts are insufficient to identify the magnitude, dynamics, or root causes of euthanasia in animal shelters across the united states the purpose of this study was to examine potential solutions to the underlying root causes of pet overpopulation,. Estimates of animals brought to shelters and of animals subsequently euthanized in the us have issues with their reliability the humane society of the united states provides shelter statistics with this caution: there is no central data reporting system for us animal shelters and rescues. The united states has made remarkable advances in the pet overpopulation problem over the past 20 years yet animals are still euthanized every day in shelters the alliance for contraception in cats and dogs, an organization dedicated to the humane control of dog and cat populations worldwide,. The public acquires only 14% of its pets from shelters 48% get their pets as strays, from friends, or from animal rescuers and 38% get their pets from breeders or pet stores source: the humane society of the united states only 42% of cat owners and 39% of dog owners are aware of the pet over population problem.
Population estimates vary widely, but outdoor cats are found in almost every neighborhood across the us they include community cats—friendly stray or abandoned cats as well as feral (unsocialized) cats—and owned cats let outside to roam and reproduce understanding the complex and emotional issue issues relating. New jersey state department of health & senior services statenjus/health/ animalwelfare/stray lists tnr as an approach for managing community cats baltimore city health department neighborhoodcatsorg/ uploads/file/ resources/ ordinances/baltimore_ tnrregspdf issues regulations for practicing tnr. The solution is to adopt animals only from shelters and have them spayed or neutered to prevent the cruel overpopulation that condemns millions of animals a year to death in the united states we may facilitate this solution with the following actions: • a forthright discussion of the problem, in which humane societies and. Currently in the united states, more than 50 million dogs reside in line of the pet overpopulation crisis is that “the number of cats and dogs far (rhoades, 2002, p xiv) the problem with gunshot and chloroform is that they can be dangerous to staff performing the euthanasia decompression and gas chambers cause a.
Australia's plan to kill two million cats to solve their cat overpopulation problem is not only short-sighted and cruel, but it won't solve the problem in the united states, britain, denmark, israel, canada, and italy, it would be foolish to think australia's current plan will reduce cat populations or bring any. Human and animal factors related to the relinquishment of dogs and cats in 12 selected animal shelters in the united states m d salman college of veterinary press, efforts were undertaken to resolve the overpopulation problem, although no design and its factors, only descriptive statistics are presented. Furry, loveable cats and dogs own millions of people in the united states and there are million of cats and dogs that are homeless or living out the remainder of their lives in an animal shelter pet overpopulation is a serious problem in the united states “in seven years, one female cat and her offspring can theoretically.
Several organizations across the us are also taking measures to humanely decrease the number of stray and feral dogs roaming the streets stray or feral cats and dogs are not the only cause of concern when it comes to pet overpopulation many pet owners don't realize that neglecting to spay or neuter. Cats roam outside in most neighborhoods in the united states some are pets whose owners let (or put) them outside, but many are community cats, who may be feral or one-time pets who are now stray, lost or abandoned the more we understand outdoor cats and the complicated issues related to them,.
Stakeholders share agreement on the issue of cat overpopulation, they hold very different positions on the best methods the us is expressed as a problem of overpopulation, especially in urban settings the domestic cat in the interpretive findings portion of this report by describing how feral cats and the problem of. The population of dogs and cats in the united states currently exceeds the capacity of our society to care and provide homes for them as companion animals as a result, millions do not have the avma encourages research to better define and quantify the dog and cat overpopulation problem education the avma.
The humane society of the united states puts the number of dogs at 34 million and cats at 46 million there may be as many as 23 but the large pet population, coupled with the irresponsibility of many pet owners, has begun to create serious problems and arouse considerable controversy the pet issue. Cat overpopulation although adoption is key for cats, the survey showed that only 44% of cats brought into shelters are adopted out and even though our the cat overpopulation problem will worsen in 2004 estimates of the number of feral and homeless cats in the united states was 50 million (levy & crawford 2004). Some feline experts now estimate 70 million feral cats live in the united states, the consequence of little effort to control the population and of the cat's the cdc lists “[t]he most common diseases associated with cats that can cause human illness” including: campylobacteriosis cat-scratch disease.