Homeless Dogs – Comparing 2007 to 2013

Gordon Ramsay's Shelter Photo

Gordon Ramsay’s Shelter Photo

Back in 2007, I designed a video based on raw numbers I found on Petfinder.  I designed another video similar to the 2007 video in 2009, and again in 2011.  Amazing that I kept the numbers in notes and I found them today.  I’m probably the most disorganized person you’ll ever meet!  However, I went onto petfinder, and looked at the numbers for 2013.  What I found was shocking!

First, there are more dogs available.  How can that be?  More people are using it, but is that it?  No, once I did further research, I noticed that a few breeds grew, and I mean in a catastrophic way.  The breeds are being breed and not adopted – double whammy.  Regardless, I really think we (rescue) has done a good job over the years.  We really have, and the numbers prove it.

We warmly welcome your comments, but please appreciate that the numbers do not lie.

1 Comment

  1. The number don’t lie, but what I think you are also seeing is the numbers of rescue groups and shelters that did NOT have animals on websites in 2007, as hard as that may be to believe. The shelter where I work started posting in 2008, and there are still shelters in the South(and probably other places as well that I don’t know about)that have no websites today. Petfinder.com admits that it is suffering growing pains; that more and more groups than ever before are using that venue, causing posting problems that they are still working to resolve.

    The good news is that more and more animals are being posted on the internet for adoption, resulting in slowing declining euthanasia rates. The bad thing is that there are still irresponsible owners creating the need for this kind of website.

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