The Issue of Homeless Animals in America

For most of the last eight years, Horace Nalle has served the Atlanta Humane Society as chairman of the board.

Homeless dogs and cats, as well as other domesticated animals, are a major issue in the United States. There are few reliable metrics to ascertain exactly how many feral animals roam the streets, though estimates for cats alone reach 70 million. Of those animals that are turned over to an animal shelter, less than 10 percent are neutered or spayed, meaning homeless animals can and will continue to breed in the wild, compounding the problem. While shelters do their best to support the country’s homeless animal population, which has grown to be five times larger than America’s population of homeless people, nearly 3 million animals are put down every year due to overcrowding and insufficient supplies.

Some of the recent numbers discovered on the subject of homeless animals are truly astounding. For example, out of a typical 10-puppy litter, only one dog finds a permanent home. Dogs and other pets are either abandoned by their owners or found lost on the streets without proper identification. Individuals interested in becoming part of the solution to this epidemic should contact The Humane Society of the United States or their local animal shelter.

Horace Nalle also works as principal at Atlanta’s Oriole Animal Health, LLC, an investment and consulting firm that helps develop new vaccines and medicine for animals.

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