Table 2

Sources of dogs and cats presented to shelter organisations responding to a UK postal survey in 2010
Dogs Cats
Number within organisation Total (percentage) Number within organisation Total (percentage)
Median Inter-quartile range Median Inter-quartile range
Surrender by owner 20 5-66 48,770 (56.3) 56 8-117 45,899 (45.1)
Found as a stray/ lost 1 0-13 22,384 (25.8) 36 6.3-69.3 42,983 (42.3)
Another welfare organisation 0 0-1.8 10,677 (12.3) 0 0-1 1,278 (1.3)
Veterinary surgery 0 0-0 294 (0.3) 0 0-5 1,848 (1.8)
Confiscation for welfare reasons 0 0-0 3,110 (3.6) 0 0-0 8,556 (8.4)
Other 0 0-0 1,427 (1.6) 0 0-0 1,053 (1)
Total 86,662 (100) 101,617 (100)

For dogs, data were available from 301 organisations, representing 86662/89571 (96.8 %) of the dogs in the study. For cats, data were available for 197 organisations, representing 101617/156826 (64.8 %) of the cats. For one large organisation, overall central data were not available for cats; therefore data from those of its branches which responded (100/234) were used.

Stavisky et al.

Stavisky et al. BMC Veterinary Research 2012 8:163   doi:10.1186/1746-6148-8-163

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