Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bet You Didn't Know These Facts

Here are some facts that blew me away today (although I did know a few). Tell me- how many of these do YOU know?

Btw, these facts were playing on a slideshow that I could not pause, so I typed furiously away and repeated them until I could catch every word! All credits to PETA2: Photo credit:

  1. Each time an animal is bought from a breeder or pet store, an animal in a shelter loses a home.
  2. Pet shops acquire most of the puppies they sell from puppy mills.
  3. About 25% of dogs dropped off at shelters are purebred. 
  4. Many "no kill" shelters  are, in reality, "slow kill" shelters.
  5. Kittens and puppies can be spayed or  neutered as young as 8 weeks old. 
  6. Neutering makes male animals less likely to roam or fight, prevents testicular caner, and reduces the risk of prostate cancer.
  7. Areas with mandatory spay-and-neuter laws have reported a significant reduction in the number of animals who are taken to their facilities and subsequently euthanized.
  8. Every year, 6 to 8 million unwanted dogs and cats enter U.S. animal shelters
  9. 8 million unwanted dogs and cats = the population of New York City or Switzerland
  10. Nearly half of all dogs and cats entering U.S. shelters ever year (3-4 million) are euthanized because there are not enough homes for them.
  11. In U.S. shelters, more than 900 animals are euthanized every hour-- that's more than 10,000 animals a day.
  12. Approximately 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the U.S. each day.
  13. In only six years, one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies.
  14. In only seven years, one unaltered female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens. 
  15. It is estimated that between 30 and 40 million homeless (feral) cats live in the U.S. 

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