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No. 1 Pet Killer? Surprising Answer

No. 1 Pet Killer? Surprising Answer

Do you know what single entity in the United States kills more pets than anything else? You’ll be surprised.

Euthanasia, or the killing of unwanted pets by lethal injection or electrocution, better known by the euphemism “putting to sleep,” ends the lives of more dogs and cats in this country than any disease.

Each year in humane organizations across the United States, millions of dogs and cats (estimates vary from 3 to 10 million or more) are “put to sleep.” Many pets are euthanized simply because they are no longer wanted or because they have a behavioral problem; most are not euthanized because they have an incurable disease. Even worse, no one knows how many more animals are euthanized by veterinarians or other individuals.

Spaying and neutering pets is an effective way to curb the population explosion of unwanted animals. Contact your local vet or humane society for information on how you can help.

Read more: Pets, Cats, Dogs, Safety

Adapted from Dr. Kidd’s Guide to Herbal Cat Care (Storey Books, 2000). Copyright (c) 2000 by Richard H. Pitcairn and Susan Hubble Pitcairn. Reprinted by permisison of Storey Books.
Adapted from Dr. Kidd’s Guide to Herbal Cat Care, by Richard H. Pitcairn and Susan Hubble Pitcairn (Storey Books, 2000).

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2:19AM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

This is not a good answer, although true, I'd like to see a top 10 list, including animals.

I originally was directed here by a Yahoo! search to find out what animals kill cats in Canada (the most.) I'll keep trying, as we have a sweet 1 year old indoor/outdoor cat that I'm concerned about.

3:17PM PDT on May 28, 2013

I'm not surprised...

6:15AM PDT on May 28, 2013

Sad, but not surprising.

7:21PM PDT on May 27, 2013

Very sad

4:58AM PDT on May 27, 2013

Love changes everything

4:04AM PDT on May 27, 2013

Thank you.

1:04AM PDT on May 23, 2013

this is very very sad,i hope one day there will be a change in this situation,thank you for sharing

12:28AM PDT on May 16, 2013

Very sad about it.

2:32AM PDT on May 11, 2013

Sadly noted

2:28AM PDT on May 11, 2013

this makes me sad :/

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