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2015-08-13

Library hosting program on stray animal problem

By John Hegemier

By John Hegemier
Director, Bandera Public Library

Sandra Schott, animal control liaison for Bandera County, and Terry Holliday will be coming to the Bandera Public Library to talk about the new Bandera County animal facility and what the county is doing to solve the stray animal problem in our community. If you're interested in this subject, attend their informal talk Tuesday, August 18 at 6 pm. If you think that stray cats and dogs are of no concern, please consider the following statistics:
• Approximately 7.3 million cats and dogs enter animal shelters nationwide every year.
• Each year, 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats).
• 2.7 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.4 million dogs and 1.3 million cats).
• Of the dogs entering shelters, 35 percent are adopted, 31 percent are euthanized and 26 percent of dogs who came in as strays are returned to their owner.
• Of the cats entering shelters, 37 percent are adopted, 41 percent are euthanized, and less than 5 percnet of cats who came in as strays are returned to their owners.
• About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
• Nearly half of all animals that arrive in US shelters are euthanized because there is a lack of space and adopters, amounting to roughly 2.7 million dead animals every year or five out of every ten dogs and seven out of every ten cats - that's like 80,000 animals per week.
• In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can theoretically produce 420,000 cats.
• It is estimated that there might be 60 million stray cats in the United States and they will kill over one billion birds.
How does Bandera County's statistics compare to these national averages? What can you do to help solve this problem?