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Pet Overpopulation in America

Thank you for testing your knowledge. Take a look at how you did:

How many litters can one cat have each year?
  • Three, at most
    18%
     
  • Four
    35%
     
  • Cats can have 6 litters per year (correct)
    46%
     
1123 responses
Think only mutts are left on the street? What percent of dogs in animal shelters in the U.S. are purebred?
  • 10 percent
    9%
     
  • 15 percent
    29%
     
  • 25 percent (correct) Source: Humane Society of the United States
    61%
     
1123 responses
True or false: One un-spayed female cat can be responsible for 2 million offspring over six years.
  • True
    72%
     
  • False (correct) The correct number is over 16 million, assuming four litters per year, eight kittens per litter (half of which are female), all cats remain alive and females start reproducing in their 9th month.
    27%
     
1123 responses
How much does it cost local governments annually to shelter and ultimately destroy 3-4 million adoptable dogs and cats due to shortages of homes? (Source: Humane Society of the United States)
  • $500 million (correct)
    28%
     
  • $5 million
    20%
     
  • $50 million
    50%
     
1123 responses
True or false: New Hampshire's spay/neuter assistance program has reduced the state's pet over-population count and cut their euthanasia rate by 77 percent in six years.
  • True (correct)
    92%
     
  • False
    7%
     
1120 responses

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May 19, 2009

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Ban the Gas Chamber for Animals in Michigan!

Ban the Gas Chamber for Animals in Michigan!

Michigan House Bill 6042, the Humane Euthanasia of Shelter Animals Act, and HB 6043 would ensure that when the state's unwanted, sick or unadoptable shelter animals have to be euthanized, the procedure will only be done by injection of sodium pentobarbital. This method is called euthanasia by injection. The American Humane Association considers euthanasia by injection to be the only acceptable and humane means of euthanasia for animals in animal shelters. Even though a majority of the shelters in the state use euthanasia by injection, 10 still use outdated, inhumane gas chambers. Shelter workers overwhelmingly wish to hold and comfort a frightened animal in its final moments of life. That act may be the only kindness the animal has ever known. In contrast, even with vigilant oversight, euthanizing any animal by means of a carbon monoxide or dioxide gas chamber is both severely inhumane to medium and large animals, and demoralizing to the workers who have to euthanize. Such outdated practices also create public outcry and demean the purpose of an animal shelter. HB 6042 is sponsored by Rep. Rick Jones and was drafted by American Humane and the State Bar of Michigan Animal Law Section. And HB 6043 would amend the bill entitled, "Dog Law of 1919." Please sign today to support these bills.

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