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The Pet Care Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the advocacy of shelter animals in Los Angeles City and County Shelters. All donations are tax deductible.

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Pet Population Facts

Number of dogs and cats in U.S. households:
In 1996 there were approximately 52.9 million dogs and 59.1 million cats living in households in the United States . More households (31.6%) had dogs than cats (27.3%), but the average number of dogs per household was 1.69 and the average number of cats per household was 2.19. Thus, more households have dogs, but cat-owning household tend to own more cats.

Purebred dogs:
The American Kennel Club, the largest breed registration organization in the U.S. , registered 1,322,557 new individual dogs in 1996. This is an increase of 45,518 animals from 1995, in which 1,277,039 animals were registered. The HSUS estimates that 25-30% of the dogs that enter shelters nationwide are purebred.

Approximate number of animal shelters in the U.S. : 4,000 to 6,000

Average number of animals handled by an animal shelter in the U.S. each year:
5 to 7% of the human population of a community (5,000 to 7,000 animals per year in a community of 100,000 people).

Estimated number of animals entering U.S. animal shelters annually:
8 to 12 million

Estimated percentage of lost animals reunited with their guardians by U.S. animal shelters each year:
4% (cats) to 14% (dogs)

Estimated number of animals euthanized by U.S. animal shelters each year because homes are not available: 4 to 6 million. Although the number of animals euthanized varies by geographic region, approximately 30-60% of all animals brought into animal shelters are euthanized nationwide.

Number of litters a female cat can produce: up to 3 per year

Number of kittens per litter: 4 to 6 in an average litter

Age at which a female cat can first produce a litter: 4 to 10 months

Gestation period (length of pregnancy) for cats: 58 to 70 days

Number of litters a female dog can produce: up to 2 per year

Number of puppies per litter: 6-12 for medium or large breeds, 4 to 8 for smaller breeds

Age at which a female dog can first produce a litter: 7 to 9 months

Gestation period (length of pregnancy) for dogs: 58 to 71 days


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In addition to the LA City, Beverly Hills City and West Hollywood City Channels, you can now watch our

To see The Pet Care Foundation's TV show, ADOPT A PET TODAY, click here to go to YouTube.

It's a 30 minute show so there are 2 editions. You can also see our PSA’s there too.

Adopt me now! This pet is ready to be adopted from Los Angeles Animal Services.
Just click on the photo for more information.
Los Angeles has 12 City and County Shelters full of wonderful pets. You can view these pets and find a location near you by visiting: for the City and for the County.

For very adoptable dogs and cats visit the Lange Foundation at

Free spay/neuter for homeless, feral and stray cats in Los Angeles, and low-cost services for tame cats

For assistance in keeping your pet call 213-403-0129 for free spay/neuter, vaccinations,
licensing fees, fence/gate repair, dog training, some vet care, and tenant/property
owner negotiations. Your call will be returned within 48 hours.