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Animal shelter statistics

In order to improve the welfare of companion animals, the animal welfare community and the public at large need to know the number of animals in shelters and what the outcome is for these animals after they are admitted. The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) gathers data on the number of animals entering shelters and the numbers adopted, returned to their owners or euthanized. This information provides a national picture of the important role shelters play in their communities.

The 2012 animal shelter statistics report presents the results of the most recent survey of humane societies and SPCAs and represents the best information about companion animals in Canadian shelters that the CFHS is aware of.

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Read the Animal Shelter Statistics – By the Numbers

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Comparison of shelter statistics, 1993-2012

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Please see results for individual years below:
2011 Shelter Statistics available in the CFHS Cats in Canada report
2010 Shelter statistics summary
2008 Shelter statistics summary
2007 Shelter statistics summary
2004 Shelter statistics summary

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