On December 17, 2008 I posted some numbers from petfinder listing the amount of certain breeds available for adoption. We saw an overall count of 1325 less dogs in rescue at the beginning of December in comparison to two months earlier - in October.
Again, I'll re-iterate that I'm not posting this to depress anyone, but I believe that people should all be aware of the sheer numbers we face out there. As long as people continue to adopt animals from shelters than we're making progress.
Here are the numbers from that day in December:
American Staffordshire Terrier 3,276
Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler 3,212
Australian Shepherd 3,424
Beagle - 7,851 dogs
Black Lab - 4,860 dogs
Border Collie - 4,829 dogs
Boxer - 5,793 dogs
Chihuahua - 7,434 dogs
Dachshund - 3,787 dogs
German Shepherd - 7,504 dogs
Labrador Retriever - 19,845 dogs
Pitbull Terrier - 10,355
Anything over 3,000 I have listed - anything less than that I have considered a manageable number. Our running tally of these breeds in December was 101,559.
Here are the numbers for today:
American Staffordshire Terrier 3,427
Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler 3,016
Australian Shepherd 3,319
Beagle - 7,253
Black Lab - 4,606
Border Collie - 4,601
Boxer - 5,960
Chihuahua - 6,846
Dachshund - 3,481
German Shepherd Dog - 7,099
Labrador Retriever - 19,162
Pitbull Terrier - 10,968
That brings our running tally to 98,241! Wow - that is 3,318 less dogs! That's a huge amount of dogs that have found homes. Petfinder has a total number of 179,724 dogs available counting all the different breeds listed.
What does this mean? Spay and neuter your pets people. I don't care how kyoot your poopsie-poo is - that's not a good reason to breed him/her.
Don't forget - I don't have any problem with Responsible Breeding. But the keyword in there is "Responsible".