Canada's PetSmart Charities has a blog, like many businesses and charities do these days, and while perusing it recently I was quite startled by some of the feline-related facts. Earlier this month, they ran Part 2 of a 3-part series on cat overpopulation in Canada and, while I was obviously aware that there are way too many animals in need out there, I didn't quite get it. Now I do and as the proud mom of 3 rescue cats, I wanted to share some of the facts.
I bet you didn't know that...
- Cats are much less likely to be adopted from shelters than dogs
- Shelters receive TWICE as many cats as they do dogs
- 1 in 3 Canadians has a cat (points for us!)
- In 2011, animal organizations euthanized nearly 6 times as many cats as they did dogs
- The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies estimated that, in 2013, there were over 10 millions cats in the country
- Less than half of 1 percent of the cats that come into shelters in Canada are spayed or neutered
If you're anything like me, you found these statistics horrifying. Through spreading the word about the plight of shelter cats, adopting from rescues, getting our own cats spayed and neutered and supporting low-cost spay and neuter clinics, we can do our part to help those beautiful cats and kittens find stable, loving homes. Adopt - never, ever buy.