Table 3

Destinations 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
Reunited with owner 0 0-0 6,222 (7.1) 1.8 0-4.4 1,331 (1.4)
Rehomed 31 8-100 65,519 (75) 84.5 18.6-179.1 75,860 (77.1)
Still in organisation’s care 0 0-4 5,638 (6.5) 2 0-14.3 3,284 (3.3)
Sent to another welfare organisation 0 0-0 625 (0.7) 0 0-0 609 (0.6)
Euthanased 0 0-2 9,059 (10.4) 1 0-3.5 12,989 (13.2)
Released (e.g. ferals) not applicable 0 0-2 3,512 (3.6)
Died 0 0-0 154 (0.2) 0 0-1 561 (0.6)
Other 0 0-0 131 (0.1) 0 0-0 202 (0.2)
Total 87,348 (100) 98,348 (100)

For dogs, data were available from 305 organisations, representing 87348/89571 (97.5 %) of the dogs in the study. For cats, data were available from 194 organisations, representing 98348/156826 (62.7 %) of the cats in the study. 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. Trap-neuter-return is not practised for dogs in the UK.

Stavisky et al.

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

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