Pet Overpopulation

  • By:John Hamer
  • Content Type: Report
  • Publisher: CQ Press
    • Publication year: 1975
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Archive Report

Impact of Pets on Urban Society

Growing Dimensions Pwts Amid World Food Shrtage

The united states is the most pet-happy nation in the world, but Americans soon may be forced to make some unpleasant decisions about their pets. There are already at least as many household pets as there are people, and a pet population explosion is under way. While 360 babies are being born in the United States in a given hour, between 2,000 and 3,500 puppies and kittens are also being born. “An overpopulation of unwanted dogs and cats does exist” was the central conclusion of a national conference last May on the “Ecology of the Surplus Dog and Cat Problem.”1

No one knows exactly how many pets are in this country, but even conservative ...

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