Rich Avanzino was interviewed on the radio this morning and says we need only do another 2.3 million adoptions from shelters to become a No Kill Nation. http://cdn.voiceamerica.com/business/011395/weitz042214.mp3 That’s quite a lot of progress, down from 2.7 he said where needed in an interview with him just pubbed on the web yesterday. http://www.humanesociety.org/news/magazines/2014/05-06/schnauzers-legacy-maddies-fund-ending-pet-homelessness.html And that’s down from the 3 million I’ve seen before.
At this rate, we’ll be at No Kill status by the end of the week.
As I discussed in a previous blog, we don’t really know how many pets are in this country, much less how many people will be adopting next year. I think the day after I published my blog, this article came out. http://news.vin.com/VINNews.aspx?articleId=31369 “Americans own 70 million dogs and 74 million cats, and pet ownership is waning. Or no, wait. It’s 83 million dogs and 96 million cats, and pet ownership is at a record high.”
Where does the 17 million new homes come from? I thought it was from the number of pets, figuring the average lifespan at 10 years and that most people will get a new pet after they lose one, more or less, what with the human population growing, people dying, it probably about balances out. And if we average those ownership numbers, that comes out to 16.15 million folks getting new pets next year. Which is sort of close to 17 million. But how many will already be getting them from shelters?
Well, I based one estimate on Maddie’s Fund’s db of shelter stats for 2011, which represents about 10% of the nation’s human population and I got 1.9 million: 963,454 cats and 931,431 dogs. But then I looked at California’s shelter stats, also about 10% of the US and also about 1.9 million adoptions. Except based on CA, it would be 669,601 cats and 1,220,308 dogs. Well, everyone else seems to think dogs and cats are interchangeable, so why should I worry. The total number came out almost the same and that impressed me.
Then I looked at these stats:
And, by gum, the percentages adopted are close enough that based on either source, it comes to almost 13 million new homes for pets. Well, that’s not that far from 16.1 which isn’t far from 17. So we’re sort of on track.
And I will continue along this track in a future blog.