Total number of nationwide animal shelters                                                                                                                     5,000

 Number of companion animals that enter into animal shelters nationwide annually                                            5 million

 Average annual number of companion animals that are euthinized at shelters                                                    3.5 million
 Percent of dogs in animals shelters that are euthanized                                                                                                 60%
 Percent of cats in animal shelters that are euthanized                                                                                                    70%

 Percent of cats that are returned to their owners                                                                                                              2%

 Percent of dogs returned to their owners                                                                                                                          15%

 Total percentage of dogs claimed to be spayed or neutered                                                                                         78%
 Total percentage of cats that are claimed to be spayed or neutered                                                                           88%
 Total number of animals that end up in a shelter that are spayed or neutered                                                         10%

 Total number of dogs and cats that are bought at pet stores                                                                                         6%

 Cost of taxpayer money annually to round up, house, kill and dispose of homeless animals                              $2 billion


Numbers That Spay/Neuter Can Improve

The Truth Behind Spaying and Neutering Myths

Myth: Female dogs and cats should have at least one litter before having them spayed.

Truth: There is no medical evidence to justify allowing a dog or cat to have a litter before spaying. In fact, spaying female dogs and cats eliminates the possibility of developing uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the threat of mammary cancer.

Myth: Animals become less active and overweight as a result of spaying or neutering.

Truth: As any animal matures, it is necessary for human guardians to adjust dietary intake to compensate for more sedentary lifestyles. Animals become overweight only when they are fed too much and not exercised properly.

Myth: Behavior is adversely affected by sterilization.

Truth: Changes in dog and cat behavior after spaying or neutering are usually positive changes.  Male cats tend to reduce territorial spraying, depending on their age at neutering. Neutered dogs and cats fight less, resulting in fewer bite and scratch wounds and lessening the spread of contagious diseases.  Dogs and cats tend to stay home more after neutering because they no longer wander in search of a mate.

Myth: Spaying and neutering is painful to my dog or cat.

Truth: Surgical sterilization is performed under general anesthesia by a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine. The patient will not be aware or conscious during the procedure.  There may be some discomfort after the surgery, but most animals return to normal activity within 24 to 72 hours.  The minimal discomfort experienced by dogs and cats that are spayed or neutered can also be lessened with post-operative pain medications.

Myth: Spaying and neutering isn't worth the expense.

Truth: The cost of an elective surgery is far less than the cost of unwanted pregnancies and emergency care visits for medical complications later in life such as prostatitis, pyometra (an infection of the uterus), C-section,  Cancer (uterine, ovarian, mammary, prostate, testicular))