Shelter Statistics Are Sobering; Be Part Of The Solution


Approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats). Shelter intakes are about evenly divided between those animals relinquished by owners and those picked up by animal control. These are national estimates; the percentage of euthanasia may vary from state to state. Our shelter averages 1500 intakes a year.

According to national studies, less than 2 percent of lost cats and only 15 to 20 percent of lost dogs are returned to their owners. Most of these were identified with tags, tattoos or microchips. We can’t stress enough the importance of having identification for your pet. We offer microchipping for $40; registration is included.

Twenty-five percent of dogs who enter local shelters are purebred.

Only 10 percent of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered.

The majority of pets are obtained from acquaintances and family members. About 15 to 20 percent of dogs are purchased from breeders, and 10 to 20 percent of cats and dogs are adopted from shelters and rescues.

Shelters and rescues have many wonderful companion animals for adoption. Check them out first, rather than buying from a pet store. When adopting or rescuing, your new pet will be spayed/neutered, microchipped and current on its vaccines. Our adoption fees can range from $25 to $150. Pet store purchases can range from $300 to $1200 for a new puppy or kitten. Most of these animals are not fixed, however.

More than 20 percent of people who leave dogs in shelters adopted them from a shelter.

Five out of ten dogs and seven out of ten cats in shelters are euthanized simply because there is no one to adopt them. Our shelter, however, does not have that high of numbers.

Most strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.

These are just a few statistics in regards to animals. Some are upsetting, but all are true. If you aren’t able to adopt or rescue, there are other ways you can help make a difference. Volunteer, donate, foster and help spread the word about the importance of spaying and neutering. Encourage people you know who are looking for a new companion to adopt or rescue. Every little bit counts.

Another thing to take into consideration is how the dogs may act, or react while in the kennel. Here, at the Humane Society of Central Arizona, we do our best to play matchmaker for potential adopters. We know that some dogs may behave differently in their kennel, which is why we always encourage people to do a meet-and-greet in a common area like the play yard or the grassy field. Don’t let the kennel behavior fool you; these are all wonderful, affectionate dogs that are deserving of a loving, forever home. Don’t just take my word for it, come down and see. Life is much better with a four-legged companion.




Shylyn is a 4-year-old Mastiff/Shepherd mix. She is good with other dogs and children and has been around both all of her life. She is pretty easygoing and would do well in a calmer environment. She is affectionate, loyal and intelligent. She even sits on her back legs and “prays.” She is spayed, current on her vaccines and is house and leash trained.




My name is Jack and I’m a 2-year-old Catahoula/Shepherd mix. I LOVE to play ball!! I am a fun-loving guy who likes to play, play, play. I will need a secure yard and fence at my new home. I have been around cats and children and really love everybody. Long hikes and chasing balls are my favorite hobbies. All I need is someone who shares those same interests. I am neutered and up to date on my shots. Bring the family down to meet me!




My name is Donner and the ladies love me. I am a sweet, loyal gentleman who knows how to treat a lady right. I am kind and outgoing and love to make you laugh and smile. My captivating eyes will melt your heart with just one gaze. Come down and see for yourself.




They call me Shep and, boy, do I know how to attract the ladies. My blond hair, chocolate brown eyes and rippling muscles make the girls go crazy! I love to have a good time and am looking for someone who can keep up with me. I’m constantly on the go, so ladies, if you can handle a stud like me, you know where to find me.




Karma is a 7-year-old Dutch Shepherd mix who was transferred to us by Tara’s Babies. She is such a cutie pie! She likes to give high-fives and to shake your hand. She is a talkative little girl who is house and leash trained. She is tolerant of other dogs, so a meet and greet with other dogs will be required. She, too, is spayed and up to date on her vaccines.


Kitty Lapew


Kitty Lapew is a 2-year-old love bug! OK, she’s really a cat, but boy is she super affectionate. She can be pretty demanding, too, when it comes time for you to give her some TLC. She is very friendly and outgoing. She gets along great with the other cats here, so she would do great in a home with children and other cats, but she isn’t too crazy about dogs. She has been spayed and is up to date on her vaccines. This is your girl if you want a cat that will cuddle and love you.

Reds, Whites, Bronzes & Bluegrass

You can make a difference for the animals at the Humane Society of Central Arizona by attending the “Reds, Whites, Bronzes & Bluegrass” benefit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at Randall Ranch in Rye, Ariz.

Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch with delectable desserts, fine wines, great music and a bronze art display. There will also be canine demonstrations, lip print readings, chair massage and a raffle to win a trip to California’s wine country.

Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased online at or by calling the shelter at 474-5590.


Pat Randall 5 years, 8 months ago

I adopted a dog from Ariz. Schnauzer Rescue. We bonded immediately when he was brought to my house in Mesa. He supposedly was a healthy dog. I got a paper saying he had had his rabies shot, and heart worm test, physical exam , presurgigal bloodwork, dental cleaning and one extraction. No vet signed the paper but I didn't notice that as the paper had the name of a veternarian office on it. I found ticks on him when I got him home to Payson from Mesa so took him to my vet. . He had a heart murmer of 4 on a scale of 1 to 6, needed thyroid medicine and had a damaged disc in his back. I got him in March 2009 and he died in my arms at the vet. office Dec. 16, 2010 of a massive heart attack.
I paid over $3000.00 in vet. bills plus medicine and food. Also had a fence built for $3500, plus $70.oo for steps for him to get on and off the deck. I loved him and don't begrudge the money, but hate liars and that is what the rescue people were. Anyone doubting anything I have said. I have all the paper work. Be careful and have any animal inspected by your own vet. before adopting. Almost forgot, also paid a hundred dollars to the rescue people.


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