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HSUS Pet Overpopulation Estimates

6-8 million

3-4 million

3-4 million

Between 600,000 and 750,000 -- 30% of dogs and 2-5% of cats entering shelters

Between 4,000 and 6,000

25%

HSUS Pet Overpopulation Estimates

**Number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year:**6-8 million

*(HSUS estimate)***Number of cats and dogs euthanized by shelters each year:**3-4 million

*(HSUS estimate)***Number of cats and dogs adopted from shelters each year:**3-4 million

*(HSUS estimate)***Number of cats and dogs reclaimed by owners from shelters each year:**Between 600,000 and 750,000 -- 30% of dogs and 2-5% of cats entering shelters

*(HSUS estimate)***Number of animal shelters in the United States:**Between 4,000 and 6,000

*(HSUS estimate)***Percentage of dogs in shelters who are purebred:**25%

*(HSUS estimate)***Average number of litters a fertile cat can produce in one year:**3**Average number of kittens in a feline litter:**4-6**In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can theoretically produce 420,000 cats.****Average number of litters a fertile dog can produce in one year:**2**Average number of puppies in a canine litter:**6-10**In six years, one female dog and her offspring can theoretically produce 67,000 dogs.**
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