By Mobile Pet Spa 818 755 7900 3/23/2021 ( updated)
Community Animal Shelters
There are about 13,600 community animal shelters nationwide that are independent; there is no national organization monitoring these shelters. The terms “humane society” and “SPCA” are generic; shelters using those names are not part of the ASPCA or the Humane Society of the United States. Currently, no government institution or animal organization is responsible for tabulating national statistics for the animal protection movement. These are national estimates; the figures may vary from state to state.
- Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
- Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats).
- Approximately 2.7 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.4 million dogs and 1.3 million cats).
- About 649,000 animals who enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners. Of those, 542,000 are dogs and only 100,000 are cats.
- Of the dogs entering shelters, approximately 35% are adopted, 31% are euthanized and 26% of dogs who came in as strays are returned to their owner.
- Of the cats entering shelters, approximately 37% are adopted, 41% are euthanized, and less than 5% of cats who came in as strays are returned to their owners.
About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
What do you think an animal shelter does?
First of all during initial stages of the Coronavirus most of the animal shelters in U.S. got full, fast. People could not take care of their animals because of the financial strains, fear of loosing a job, or getting sick. And many shelters could not keep up with the demand for space, Covid restrictions and started to find foster homes for dogs and cats.
What is a Foster Home?
A foster home is a temporary home for a dog, cat or the whole litter of kittens, puppies, and even guinea pigs . That’s right! When someone wants to adopt a pet from an animal shelter , they don’t just say:” I want that dog!” Staff at animal shelter want to make sure that dog or a cat is a great fit for that family, and the people in that family are not abusive with animals, and that family is a good fit for that dog!
So when an animal shelter opens their doors for adoption people have an opportunity to spend a great amount of time with an animal they are considering for adoption. Get to know each other, and, in some cases, believe it or not, let the animal choose his or her human. Yes, it’s fact. Cats for example choose their one and only human! So, animal shelters just want to make sure that their pet is loved and found a forever home.
ANIMAL SHELTERS | BEHIND THE SCENES
There many mobile adoption units, which is used for taking homeless pets into the community to find new homes. In many cases it might be very stressful for animals to be transported, so the staff at animal shelters will try their best to get the animal adopted during festivals, weekends , city sponsored events, or just mass gatherings, so dogs and cats have a better chance to be adopted that day. In addition a lot of people are hesitant to come to a shelter, because they would feel sad seeing a dog or a cat in a cage, so those mobile units are taking these animals to them, for a better chance of finding that special home.
ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
Many people think that animal control officers are mean people running around your community with nets trying to catch dogs, but that is not entirely accurate and could not be further from the truth. Animal control officers are in fact huge animal lovers. They want to make sure that animals are not abused, or not left in hot cars during warm seasons, or never used in fighting rings around the Country. And animal shelters employ the best and the brightest.
Usually a lost animal would wait in a shelter a few days for the chance of their owner to find them. If that does not happen, then the dog or cat is placed for adoption with a new family. On average animal shelters prepares over 200 dishes a day to feed these animals twice a day. Laundry piles are huge, so all of the pets could have clean beds and blankets. So the expense at those animal shelters could run into several thousand dollars a week! Thankfully almost every animal shelter has a team of volunteers, devoted animal lovers who help and donate their time.
Mobile Pet Spa donates out services from time to time to do what we can to help. Recently we donated our services to trim nails on these animals, cause they grew so long. Very important.
We also would like to encourage you to donate to your local animal shelter, and always adopt ( don’t buy) a doggie or a kitty.
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