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Published: March 25, 2012
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14,250

Animals euthanized last year.

2,702

Animals adopted in 1998.

8,696

Animals adopted last year.

Animals by the year

Year

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012, projected

Adopted

28 percent

31 percent

36 percent

37 percent

41 percent

Euthanized

61 percent

58 percent

50 percent

47 percent

41 percent

Live release rate

36 percent

40 percent

48 percent

51 percent

57 percent

Nationwide figures

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


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