Abandoned, Homeless, Hungry, every year there are approximately six to eight million animals that find themselves alone and hungry and no home to be a part of in the United States. Many will find themselves in shelters across America that are overfilled and the unfortunate truth is that over half of them will be euthanized in these shelters every year. The number of homeless animals is growing in our country every year and they don't get a choice. Due to acts of animal cruelty, abuse and neglect and even abandonment, too many will loose their lifes unselfishly. Far too many of these animals want nothing more that to become a wonderful companion to a giving and loving home but will not be given the chance.
National euthanasia statistics are difficult to pinpoint because animal control agencies are not required to keep stats on animals taken in, adopted, euthanized or reclaimed. Many shelters know the value of keeping the statistics, but with no national reporting structure, compliling these figures is near impossible. Currently approximately 64 percent of animals entering shelters are euthanized every year due to overcrowding, sickness, aggressive behavior or other injuries. 56 percent of dogs and 71 percent of cats that enter shelters face their fate, cats more so because they are likely to enter a shelter without any owner identification. Only about 15 percent of dogs along with only a 2 percent of cats are ever reunited with their owners. In the United States, only about 25 percent of animal entering shelters are adopted and given a second chance.