SPCA Cincinnati

Pet Overpopulation


Pet overpopulation is a serious problem. It costs the lives of millions of pets and costs communities millions of dollars a year.

Nationwide, the number of pets entering animal shelters is estimated to be 6 to 8 million. Only about 30 percent of dogs and 2 – 5 percent of cats are reclaimed by owners. Only about half of those remaining are adopted to new homes. The number of pets euthanized in shelters across the country is 3 to 4 million. (Estimates provided by The Humane Society of the United States.)

SPCA Cincinnati is working with other shelters and animal welfare organizations to reduce the number of unwanted litters that are born, increase the number of lost pets that are rehomed and increase the number of relinquished pets adopted to new homes.

Here are some of the things we are doing:

  • We spay/neuter cats and dogs that we adopt to new homes – more than 7,000 surgeries every year. We can spay/neuter as early as 8 weeks of age.
  • We provide humane education programs in schools, stressing the importance of spaying/neutering family pets.
  • Working with community partners, we help create comprehensive solutions to the problem of pet overpopulation through various community initiatives.
  • We collaborate with local, state and national organizations to save the lives of all healthy or treatable cats and dogs that.

Here’s what you can do to help:

  • Spay and neuter your own pets and make sure they wear identification. 
  • Give generously. Your donations to SPCA Cincinnati are appreciated and are the basis for everything we accomplish on behalf of the animals. We are a private, nonprofit organization. We spend an average of $300 on every pet adopted, over and above the fee paid by the patron. Click here to make a secure online donation.
  • Tell friends and co-workers that the best place to adopt a pet is at a shelter. Wonderful animals are available, and organizations like ours offer health services, training opportunities and one-on-one behavior advice.
  • Never buy a pet from a pet store or sight unseen from an Internet site. These pets may come from large-scale breeding operations. 
  • Support legislation to control commercial breeders.
  • Only purchase pet supplies from sources that do not sell animals, including small mammals, birds and reptiles.
  • Be informed about local laws and tell others.
  • Don’t support the greyhound racing industry.  This cruel and inhumane “sport” is now illegal in 35 states.
  • Promote SPCA Cincinnati through your professional association, service club or your child’s Scout troop or 4-H Club. We welcome the chance to present educational programs.