On February 17, 2009 I posted the last Rescue Numbers Update. I'll try to always 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 spay and neuter their pets as well as continue to adopt animals from shelters than we're making progress.
StormsLegacy posted a comment in the last Rescue Update stating that the numbers I am pulling from Petfinder are not really an accurate way to measure this progression of adoption. I asked what a better way to measure it would be, but never did get a response. In fact, I didn't hear from StormsLegacy again.
If anyone has a better way to track this, please feel free to let me know. I don't have an issue changing my methods, but please offer an alternative, not just criticism (back up your argument!). Otherwise, the Petfinder numbers are better than nothing, right?
Here are the numbers from that day in February:
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
Anything over 3,000 I have listed.
Here are the numbers for today:
American Staffordshire Terrier 3,681
Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler 3,161
Australian Shepherd 3,443
Beagle - 7,647
Black Lab - 4,624
Border Collie - 4,616
Boxer - 6,124
Chihuahua - 7,552
Dachshund - 3,671
German Shepherd Dog - 7,462
Labrador Retriever - 19,990
Pitbull Terrier - 11,420
Petfinder has a total number of 187,543 dogs available counting all the different breeds listed, not only the ones I mentioned.
Our running tally of these breeds in December was 101,559.
In February our running tally was 98,241 ... That's 3,318 less dogs from Dec to Feb.
Our tally this month is 102,706. In two months, the amount of dogs in rescue has increased by 4,465.
That's unfortunate. The numbers are going way up ... not down. Perhaps a sign of the time of year? Or perhaps a sign of the economic times? Hard to say. Remember, those are only the ones listed on petfinder. There are many more that aren't listed. And the numbers increase with every BYBer, Puppy Mill and Irresponsible Owner who won't spay/neuter.
As long as people are out there volunteering, fostering or working for rescues and as long as there are others adopting then we havn't lost the fight.
The more people that spay and neuter their household pets, the better. Stop the Downpour is Ontario's campaign ... what's the campaign called in your local region? Does your area have one?