U.S. Animal Control Statistics

Dogs Euthanized in Shelters 60%
Cats Euthanized in Shelters 75%
Dogs and Cats Adopted from Shelters 25%

An estimated 6-8 million homeless animals enter shelters each year in the U.S.

Benefits of Spaying or Neutering your Pet

  • Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.

  • Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat.

  • Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when your pet is spayed before her first estrous cycle.

  • Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.

  • Spaying and neutering makes pets better, more affectionate companions.

  • Neutering cats makes them less likely to spray and mark territory.

  • Spaying a dog or cat eliminates her heat cycle. Estrus lasts an average of six to 12 days, often twice a year, in dogs and an average of six to seven days, three or more times a year, in cats. Females in heat can cry incessantly, show nervous behavior, and attract unwanted male animals.

  • Unsterilized animals often exhibit more behavior and temperament problems than do those who have been spayed or neutered.

  • Spaying and neutering can make pets less likely to bite.

  • Neutering makes pets less likely to roam the neighborhood, run away, or get into fights.

  • Communities spend millions of dollars to control unwanted animals.

  • Irresponsible breeding contributes to the problem of dog bites and attacks.

  • Animal shelters are overburdened with surplus animals.

  • Stray pets and homeless animals get into trash containers, defecate in public areas or on private lawns, and frighten or anger people who have no understanding of their misery or needs. Some stray animals also scare away or kill birds and wildlife.

Local Animal Shelter Information

Each year, large numbers of unwanted animals are surrendered to local animal control facilities.  As a result, the number of euthanized adoptable dogs and cats constant increases.  There is incontrovertible evidence of the benefits that result from affordable spay/neuter programs as they exist in other areas of North Carolina and the United States. The more rural and less affluent counties exhibit larger intake at animal control facilities and experience significantly higher euthanasia rates.  In the nine-county region of CAC’s focus, four of the counties fall into the lowest percentile in the State in their respective populations living at or below the poverty level.

These statistics provide support that affordable spay/neuter both helps in reducing companion animal overpopulation and saves communities valuable tax dollars.  In 2012, 70% of the surrendered cats and dogs were euthanized, costing taxpayers millions. In our operating area, counties spend from two to three times the cost of a spay/neuter to euthanize a companion animal because there are simply not enough adoption options to address the increasingly large numbers of animals surrendered to animal control agencies.