Every year, tens of thousands of healthy cats and kittens, dogs and puppies, are killed in California’s shelters, simply because they cannot find homes. Countless others are neglected or abandoned on the streets and die of injury or starvation. These are sweet, innocent animals, just like your family pets. They want to love, and they want to be loved. Yet here in Southern California the statistics are chilling: Only 1 out of 8 dogs born will ever find a permanent home. Only 1 out of 10 cats will be that fortunate.
Why is this happening?
Cats and dogs reproduce very quickly, and their young are able to have babies while they are still babies themselves. For example, a female cat can become pregnant at just 4 months of age. Four months after that, while she is raising her second litter, each of her daughters can have a litter of her own, and so on. That’s how one pair of cats and their offspring can result in 420,000 cats in just 7 years.
Dogs begin reproducing at 6 months of age, and can have two litters a year. With larger breeds, litters of 12 or more puppies are not uncommon. Even with average size litters of just 6, one pair of dogs and their offspring can result in 67,000 dogs in just 6 years.
There are an estimated 3-4 MILLION cats and dogs KILLED in animal shelters every year, most simply for want of homes, yet we continue to produce more than 70,000 additional kittens and puppies EACH DAY. Even if you think you have homes lined up for your kittens or puppies, there is no guarantee that people will actually want them once they are born, or that they will care for them for their entire lives. Worse still, other kittens or puppies who are already here, waiting for homes, will lose their lives because you took their homes.