â€¢ According to the
National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy
(NCPPSP), about 65% of US pet owners acquire their pets
free or at a low cost.
â€¢ Most US pets are obtained from acquaintances and family members. About 15 to 20% of dogs are purchased from breeders, 10 to 20%of cats and dogs are adopted from shelters and rescues, and 2 to 10% are purchased from pet shops. (Source: Ralston Purina and NCPPSP)
â€¢ At least 20% of cats are acquired as strays. (Source: NCPPSP) Many strays are lost pets that were not kept indoors or provided with identification.
â€¢ More than 20% of people who leave dogs in shelters adopted them from a shelter. (Source: NCPPSP)
â€¢ Spaying or neutering pets costs less than raising puppies or kittens for one year. Neutering costs less than spaying at most vets.
â€¢ The average annual cost of basic food, supplies, medical care and training for a dog or cat is US$400-700.
â€¢ About 75% of owned pets are neutered.
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