Animal overpopulation is a BIG problem. How big? Every 13 seconds, a healthy, adoptable dog or cat is euthanized in a U.S. shelter, according to the Humane Society of the United States (www.hsus.org).
Pet overpopulation has severe social, ethical and financial implications and is particularly tragic because it is preventable. Paw Works is working hard to address this crisis, one pet at a time.
In total, almost 3 million pets are put down in shelters every year, and about 80 percent of them are healthy and could have been adopted into new homes, according to the Humane Society of the United States (www.hsus.org).
The Creation of a National Crisis
There clearly are not enough homes for the number of cats and dogs born each year, and too many of them will die in shelters. About 7.6 million unwanted pets enter U.S. animal shelters every year, and about 2.7 million of them are euthanized—roughly 31 percent of dogs and 41 percent of cats, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (www.aspca.org).