Effort seeks to reduce pet homelessness – NewsOK.com

Take a trip to an animal shelter in Oklahoma City, and you’ll see a variety of dogs and cats. The only way these pets differ from those lounging on our couches or frolicking in our backyards is that these pets don’t have a place to call home.

Animal shelters are seeing occupancy rates creep steadily higher each day, and the statistics relating to homeless pets are startling — more than 8 million pets in the United States live in shelters and about 4 million are euthanized every year simply because they don’t have a home. Even more striking, however, is the public perception that this problem isn’t nearly as bad as it seems. A survey last year revealed that 40 percent of Oklahoma City residents believed only 1 million pets are euthanized annually — a far cry from the actual number. And nationwide, only 29 percent of Americans are familiar with the issue of pet homelessness.

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