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Epidemiology of Dog and Cat Abandonment in Spain (2008-2013).

Fatjó J, Bowen J, García E, Calvo P, Rueda S, Amblás S, Lalanza JF - Animals (Basel) (2015)

Bottom Line: This paper was divided into three studies.We observed a seasonal effect in the number of admissions in cats.While most animals were either adopted or recovered by their owner, a considerable percentage remained at the shelter or was euthanized.

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Affiliation: Chair Affinity Foundation Animals and Health, Department of Psychiatry and Forensic Medicine, School of Medicine, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain. jaume.fatjo@uab.cat.

ABSTRACT
Millions of pets are abandoned worldwide every year, which is an important animal welfare and financial problem. This paper was divided into three studies. Our first two studies were designed as a national survey of animal shelters to profile the population of stray dogs and cats, as well as to gather information on both relinquishment and adoption. The aim of our third study was to test the impact of identification on the recovery of dogs entering animal shelters. Studies one and two indicate that more than 100,000 dogs and more than 30,000 cats enter animal shelters annually in Spain. We observed a seasonal effect in the number of admissions in cats. Two-thirds of dogs and cats entering shelters were found as strays, while the rest were relinquished directly to the shelter. Most pets admitted to animal shelters were adult, non-purebred, and without a microchip, with the majority of dogs being medium sized. Adult dogs spent significantly more time in shelters than puppies. While most animals were either adopted or recovered by their owner, a considerable percentage remained at the shelter or was euthanized. The identification of dogs with a microchip increased by 3-fold the likelihood of them being returned to the owner.

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Total number of dogs (black circles - solid line) and cats (black squares- solid line) (left axis) in Spain and the estimated number of dogs (white circle - broken line) and cats (white squares – broken line) entering animal shelters in Spain from 2008 to 2013. The percentage of animals from the total population of dogs and cats entering animal shelters is also indicated entering animal shelters.
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animals-05-00364-f001: Total number of dogs (black circles - solid line) and cats (black squares- solid line) (left axis) in Spain and the estimated number of dogs (white circle - broken line) and cats (white squares – broken line) entering animal shelters in Spain from 2008 to 2013. The percentage of animals from the total population of dogs and cats entering animal shelters is also indicated entering animal shelters.

Mentions: Figure 1 (left axis) shows the total number of domestic dogs and cats in Spain between 2008 and 2013. There were 4,764,000 dogs in 2008, 4,674,000 in 2009, 4,993,000 in 2010, 5,084,000 in 2011, 5,268,000 in 2012, and 5,524,000 in 2013, representing a 16% increase over 6 years. There were 3,328,000 cats in 2008, 3,158,000 in 2009, 3,274,000 in 2010, 3,212,000 in 2011, 3,246,000 in 2012, and 3,359,000 in 2013, representing a 1% increase between 2008 and 2013.


Epidemiology of Dog and Cat Abandonment in Spain (2008-2013).

Fatjó J, Bowen J, García E, Calvo P, Rueda S, Amblás S, Lalanza JF - Animals (Basel) (2015)

Total number of dogs (black circles - solid line) and cats (black squares- solid line) (left axis) in Spain and the estimated number of dogs (white circle - broken line) and cats (white squares – broken line) entering animal shelters in Spain from 2008 to 2013. The percentage of animals from the total population of dogs and cats entering animal shelters is also indicated entering animal shelters.
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animals-05-00364-f001: Total number of dogs (black circles - solid line) and cats (black squares- solid line) (left axis) in Spain and the estimated number of dogs (white circle - broken line) and cats (white squares – broken line) entering animal shelters in Spain from 2008 to 2013. The percentage of animals from the total population of dogs and cats entering animal shelters is also indicated entering animal shelters.
Mentions: Figure 1 (left axis) shows the total number of domestic dogs and cats in Spain between 2008 and 2013. There were 4,764,000 dogs in 2008, 4,674,000 in 2009, 4,993,000 in 2010, 5,084,000 in 2011, 5,268,000 in 2012, and 5,524,000 in 2013, representing a 16% increase over 6 years. There were 3,328,000 cats in 2008, 3,158,000 in 2009, 3,274,000 in 2010, 3,212,000 in 2011, 3,246,000 in 2012, and 3,359,000 in 2013, representing a 1% increase between 2008 and 2013.

Bottom Line: This paper was divided into three studies.We observed a seasonal effect in the number of admissions in cats.While most animals were either adopted or recovered by their owner, a considerable percentage remained at the shelter or was euthanized.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Chair Affinity Foundation Animals and Health, Department of Psychiatry and Forensic Medicine, School of Medicine, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain. jaume.fatjo@uab.cat.

ABSTRACT
Millions of pets are abandoned worldwide every year, which is an important animal welfare and financial problem. This paper was divided into three studies. Our first two studies were designed as a national survey of animal shelters to profile the population of stray dogs and cats, as well as to gather information on both relinquishment and adoption. The aim of our third study was to test the impact of identification on the recovery of dogs entering animal shelters. Studies one and two indicate that more than 100,000 dogs and more than 30,000 cats enter animal shelters annually in Spain. We observed a seasonal effect in the number of admissions in cats. Two-thirds of dogs and cats entering shelters were found as strays, while the rest were relinquished directly to the shelter. Most pets admitted to animal shelters were adult, non-purebred, and without a microchip, with the majority of dogs being medium sized. Adult dogs spent significantly more time in shelters than puppies. While most animals were either adopted or recovered by their owner, a considerable percentage remained at the shelter or was euthanized. The identification of dogs with a microchip increased by 3-fold the likelihood of them being returned to the owner.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus