One Page on Pet Overpopulation
This is a one-page summary of a presentation first given at Petzapalooza at the Dallas Library in June, 2007. For a copy of the presentation itself, just email a request to email@example.com and we can send you a PDF version.
Pets With Homes
261,843 Dogs live in Dallas households
300,829 Cats live in Dallas households
Both estimates are based on American Veterinary Medical Association Formulas
Pets Without Homes
In 2004, the Dallas Animal Shelter had an 82% euthanasia rate
25, 342 animals
The others are reclaimed, rescued or adopted
Source: Dallas Morning News,
August 16, 2006
Insurance rates can be affected by dog bites
Your rates can be affected by how other people’s dogs act (breed-specific rates)
Each year, 800,000 Americans seek medical attention for dog bites; half of these are children. Of those injured, 386,000 require treatment in an emergency department and about a dozen die. (US CDC)
SPCA of Texas Spay/Neuter Clinic charges $100 or less
The City of Dallas provides free spay and neuter to qualified residents (call 311 for information)
Realizing many people put very little value on life
Why are there so many strays?
Why are so many just euthanized?
Fear of animals from early experiences
Losing a pet or loved one who is attacked by strays
Dallas Animal Services has a 2007 Service Target to increase the number of animals impounded from 33,592 to 33,800, thereby, increasing staff productivity and providing stray-free neighborhoods.
Animal Collection has a 2007 service target of 18,300 collection cases estimated for the year at a cost of $26.43 per case
Solving the Problem
Adopt a pet to save a life
Budget properly for your pet to keep him for life
Spay or neuter your pet
Microchip and tag your pets to protect against loss
Keep all pets up-to-date on vaccinations
Consider donating to your local rescue, shelter or SPCA