The State of Cat Adoption Info-graphic

Mon, Jan 9, 2012

Animal Welfare

(click the image above to enlarge) The folks over at Found Animals wanted to shed some light on the good, the sad, and the changeable about the state of cats in the US, so they created this info-graphic to help paint the picture. Some of the statistics are truly alarming: in Los Angeles, 75% of cats entering shelters are euthanized, only 20% of cats in shelters are adopted, and less than 1% of feral cats have been sterilized. We have a lot of work to do to improve the lives of cats in this country, but every one of us can make a difference by promoting shelter adoptions, spay/neuter, and TNR (trap-netuter-return).

Thanks to Found Animals for the work they are doing to bring attention to this important issue.

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7 Responses to “The State of Cat Adoption Info-graphic”

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    Clara K. Showalter

    In my local area, I can state with great delight that we don’t reflect those stats! Austin is a true no-kill city. We hit a 91% save rate for the year 2011. One of the keys to that success is the bottle baby program run by partner group Austin Pets Alive, and the developing programs with Austin Humane and Austin Animal Control. These little guys are resource intensive, and in most shelters are killed very quickly. I’m happy to say that in Austin this past year, not a single bottle baby kitten was put down due to space! That was over 1000 kittens through Austin Pets Alive alone!

    It’s tough, but it can be done!

  2. 2
    DanielT

    If 75% are euthanized and 20% adopted, what happens to the other 5%?

  3. 3
    Catherine Turley

    that is fantastic clara. i know of austin pets alive and their good work. unfortunately, i live in orange county, near l.a., and our kill rates are just as bad. how can a wealthy county function like a povery-stricken one. it makes no sense at all. i hate to say it, but it seems as though the people of orange county just don’t care. i’m so tired of seeing adorable faces sent to me in emails and on facebook, only to be followed up by r.i.p. memos. please, please, please everyone… donate as though your own cat was at one of those shelters.

  4. 4
    Special Pals

    Sadly, up the road in Houston, the same cannot be said, not by a long shot. Between the spca, the city-run “shelters” and the other independents who have contracts with some of the smaller suburbs to put down their intakes when they become overpopulated, the kill rate here is pretty sickening. Special Pals is a limited-intake no-kill, and we’re doing our best to make a positive impact on the homeless and abandoned animals out there now, to prevent future unwanted pets via our low-cost spay/neuter program, and to promote responsible pet ownership at our monthly low-cost vaccination clinics. Clara’s right, it CAN be done, with legislation that is tougher on animal abusers and irresponsible breeders, and more education about what it really takes to be a responsible pet owner for the pet’s WHOLE life. Bravo to Austin!

  5. 5
    jmuhj

    Sobering stats, and I wish we could change them around with those of dogs, which are being pushed down the public’s throats via the mainstream media and advertising industries, while cats are the nation’s and world’s most beloved companion in reality. All of us working in any capacity to increase the adoption rates and advocate spay/neuter/adopt for life are doing our utmost to replicate Austin’s example, but we all have a long way to go to reach our goal of EVERY cat and kitten having a loving, forever home (or, in the case of ferals, a safe cared-for environment for life).

  6. 6
    Jacquie

    I’m so thrilled to see this posting & hope it encourages people to take action.

    In 2011 I decided to impact my own neighborhood & by the end of the year I personally trapped & paid for the spaying of 5 female feral cats. I’m NOT a pro cat trapper, but I wasn’t willing to sit back & watch as my neighborhood became overrun by homeless cats & kittens.

    There are many ways to help solve this crisis… make a small donation to a local rescue, encourage friends, family & co-workers to adopt/spay/neuter. Every action helps & I hope everyone would consider doing just 1 thing in 2012!


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