Dog Care 101

Top 10 Reasons Dogs End Up In Shelters + Facts About Shelter Animals

Here is some good information to read before you decide to get a new puppy — whether it be a rescued dog that you think you’ll be helping or a new puppy from a pet store, a friend, or a breeder…




Why Dogs End Up In Shelters:

  1. Moving
  2. Landlord issues
  3. Cost of pet maintenance
  4. No time for pet
  5. Inadequate facilities
  6. Too many pets in home
  7. Pet illness
  8. Personal problems
  9. Biting
  10. No homes for littermates


A Little About The Cats & Dogs In Shelters

  • 60% of dogs are euthanized each year in animal shelters.
  • Shelter intakes are about evenly divided between those dogs that are relinquished by owners and those that are picked up by animal control.
  • Only 15% to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners. Most of those are identified with tags, tattoos or microchips.
  • Of all the dogs that enter animal shelters, 25% are purebred.
  • Only 10% of the dogs received by shelters have been spayed or neutered.
  • The majority of pets are obtained by shelters from acquaintances and family members. (15% to 20% of those are purchased from breeders; 10% to 20% are adopted from shelters and rescues).
  • 5 out of 10 dogs in shelters are destroyed simply because there is no one to adopt them.

Source: ASPCA

More About Dogs & Animal Shelters


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