Please consider adopting a pet
Thousands of animals are abandoned and euthanased every year (see below). Don't make the mistake of assuming that pets that are offered for adoption are troublesome. Sometimes people are moving, or just feel they have "bitten off more than they can chew", and find they are not able to look after the pet properly. Sometimes it's financial reasons.
Please search our adoption pages to see if you can find your perfect pet there. You can also search our database for animal shelters near you, or your local pound. Shelters will always let you know if there are any particular issues with a pet, and most just need good care and lots of love. Also keep in mind that adopting an adult rather than a very young animal can be a lot less work and have great benefits. Adult dogs for example should be toilet trained, don't need as much company, can be well trained, and have outgrown all that chewing! See more information about animal shelters here.
The cold, hard facts on the euthanasia of cats and dogs in Australia
The RSPCA receives thousands of animals every year in every State and Territory in Australia. Annual statistics on the numbers of animals received, reclaimed or rehomed are compiled on a national basis by RSPCA Australia. From 2011-2012 49,688 pets were euthanased by the RSPCA alone (so not including Australia wide Local Council Pounds etc). Of those 14,211 were dogs, 24,651 were cats, and 10,826 were other types. Statistics that are broken down further give an idea of the types of reasons pets are euthanased.
Of the 17,194 dogs euthanased by NSW Council Pounds from (2009-2010):
- 14,210 dogs (82.6%) were euthanased because there was no room for adoption
- 2,593 dogs (15.1%) were euthanased for medical reasons
- 391 dogs (2.3%) were euthanased for behavioural problems
Of the 21,328 dogs received in NSW by the RSPCA (2009-2010):
- 5,307 (24.9%) were reclaimed
- 5,298 (24.8%) were rehomed
- 8,361 (39.2) were euthanased
Of the 8,361 dogs euthanased in NSW by the RSPCA (2009-2010):
- 242 (2.9%) were euthanased as a result of there being no room for adoption
- 2,627 (31.4%) were euthanased for medical reasons
- 4,365 (52.2%) were euthanased for behavioural problems