Stray Statistics

In America, the stray animal problem can go unnoticed; out of sight, and out of mind.  But it is worse than it appears. Once and awhile you may see a stray dog or cat, but the reason that you don’t see more is because we have system to take care of that.  Dog pounds, animal shelters and  independant humane societies keep the animals out of sight.  The problem is tucked away in the corner where no one can see it.


In the U.S, there is an estimated amount of about 70 million stray cats and dogs.  Six to eight million of them end up in shelters.  Half of those animals end up euthanized.  Euthanization is necessary in some cases, like when an animal is suffering enough that making it continue to live is wrong.  Less than 2% of cats, and 20% of dogs, are returned to their owners once they land in shelters.   Homeless animals outnumber homeless people five to one.


Many shelters resort to euthanization because they have limited funds and space for the amount of strays that are out there.  Even no kill shelters can only take in so many animals before they have to turn many away.  Some of the euthanization can be prevented by spaying or neutering your pets, because in six years, one female dog and her offspring can create 67,000 dogs, and one female cat and her offspring can create 420,000 kittens in seven years, according to the Watauga Humane Society.


The numbers of stray rabbits, reptiles and rodents are even harder to come by since these animals are hidden among native wildlife.  And many shelters no longer accept them because too many are bred in pet stores.

The number of stray pets in the U.S. is overwhelming to think of.  Fortunately, this is a problem that can be fixed. Too many animals end up alone and unwanted, but we can help prevent it through education.





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My name is Emma J and I am a student at a school in Grayslake, Illinois.  I am an obsessive book worm and I like to draw and write.

My school is an eco-friendly school that teaches their students to be environmental stewards and protect nature.  We do a Culminating Project (CP) where the students choose a project to help the community and the environment.  We do CP to showcase our skills and use the knowledge we have gathered at school to make a difference.  So basically, to do something awesome with our awesomeness.  I’m choosing to start a blog to educate people about the neglected stray animals in the U.S.  Not only are those animals unhappy and malnourished, but some of them pose a danger to the public, environment, and are a burden to the economy.  But they are also our forgotten friends that need a forever home.  I hope to give people the knowledge on how to raise their pets responsibly, so one day, the animals in the U.S. will be in good homes.

Every two weeks I will make a post about various topics that relate to the stray problem.  In addition to the blog, I will be helping an organization that I work with called AEAR (It’s an acronym, stands for Animal Education and Rescue).  They are a humane society in Libertyville that rescues abused and abandoned animals from a variety of situations.  I will also host fundraisers and collect supplies from them, and occasionally make posts about animals that they are trying to get adopted.

My goals for this project are to educate people on this issue, so that it no longer has to be a problem in the future.  Overall, I would like to get at least 100 followers and 500 views to show that my blog has made difference.  I would like to thank you for reading my blog, and I hope you will become a regular reader.