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A Report on Animal Overpopulation: Breeding Surplus Dogs and Cats Causes Suffering

By The Humane Society Of The United States

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Overbreeding has created a surplus of nearly 50 million dogs and cats. These animals are unwanted and homeless. Some of them--the lucky ones--will get a quick, merciful death at humane society shelters. Most, however, haven't even the hope of being reached and protected from suffering in the 3,000 or more communities without humane societies. Instead, they roam the country--starving, thirsting, suffering from disease and injury.
This is suffering on a massive scale. Many factors contribute to it. Commercial interests like pet shops, for example, are partly to blame in suggesting there is money in breeding puppies and kittens. Veterinarians who charge high fees for spaying female animals and altering males are partly at fault.
But most of the blame lies with misguided animal lovers and humane societies that adopt out unneutered dogs and cats.


Katie Carroll

Date September 1970
Publisher HSUS Special Reports
Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal care
  2. Animal housing
  3. Animals in culture
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Breeding
  6. Cats
  7. Dogs
  8. Mammals
  9. overpopulation
  10. Pet ownership
  11. Reproduction
  12. Suffering