Some actual data on pet population

state totalsWhile the experts are relying on old data and marketing surveys to estimate current national figures on shelter intakes and outcomes, there’s actual current data available online.  Several states have requirements for shelters to report their stats and either they put them on their websites or the states gather them and make them available online.  I’ve gathered a lot so far and have them available for anyone to download at

state popWith 9 states plus New York city, that’s shelter data representing almost 1/3rd of the US.  Of course, even if legally required to, not all shelters report, but more seem to be doing it every year.

But we can’t be too far off if we guess take this as a representative sample the rest of the US, so the National stats would be:

nat total est(So while dogs are 51% of shelter intake, only 40% of the animals they euthanized in 2011 were dogs.)

These figures are within the range usually given: (from “Approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized.”

No matter what the numbers are, it’s way too many.



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