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.
New shelter data casts doubt on whether the pet population and pet ownership are truly growing.
While the pandemic caused unprecedented suffering worldwide in 2020, the disruptions to dogs, cats and other pets adoption numbers may normalize in 2021.