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.

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).

316 comments

Marlene W.
Marlene W.3 years ago

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.

Edvanir L.
Edvanir L.3 years ago

I'm not surprised...

Robynne W.
Robynne W.3 years ago

Sad, but not surprising.

Diarmuid O Sullivan

Very sad

Fi T.
Fi T.3 years ago

Love changes everything

Shanti S.
S S.3 years ago

Thank you.

Christinaalex Nicki
.3 years ago

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

Teo N.
Teo N.3 years ago

Very sad about it.

Val M.
Val M.3 years ago

Sadly noted

Elke Henke
Past Member 3 years ago

this makes me sad :/