Patches (A106264), a female cat, rests in a cat adoption room at the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter this month. NATE BILLINGS - The Oklahoman
Animals euthanized last year.
Animals adopted in 1998.
Animals adopted last year.
Animals by the year
Live release rate
5 million to 7 million animals enter shelters each year in the U.S.
3 million to 4 million of those animals are euthanized.
60 percent of shelter dogs are euthanized.
70 percent of shelter cats are euthanized.
10 percent of animals entering shelters are spayed or neutered.
33 percent of animals entering Oklahoma City's shelter that are spayed or neutered.
62 percent of all U.S. households have a pet.
65 percent of pet owners get their animals for free or at low cost.
78.2 million dogs are owned in the U.S.
86.4 million cats are owned in the U.S.
70 million cats or more, estimated, are strays in the U.S.
Sources: City of Oklahoma City, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, American Pet Products Association, National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy
MICHAEL KIMBALL, Staff Writer