Pet Overpopulation


In every community there are homeless animals. In the U.S. there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless dogs and cats entering animal shelters every year. Barely half of these animals are adopted. Tragically, the rest are euthanized due to sickness, aggression or because there is simply no place for them.


Communities, NOT Animal Control, are responsible for the thousands of dogs and cats that enter the shelters.

Animal Control officers must accept every animal brought to the shelter and officers are required to pick up animals that are strays.

Therefore, they have no control on how many animals enter the shelter at a given time.

Animal Control/Shelters rely on owner reclamation, rescue groups and public adoptions to remove animals from the shelter.



OUR COMMUNITY is responsible for the homeless and neglected dogs and cats. It is the responsibility of OUR COMMUNITY to help prevent their suffering. BE PART OF THE SOLUTION.

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Homeless Pets in Cabarrus County

2020 Cabarrus County Animal Control Numbers


Total number of Dog Intakes: 1,074

- Stray Drop-off : 118

- Owner Surrender : 188

- Other Drop-Off : 8

- Picked Up by Officers : ​750

- Adoptions : 149

- Transfer out (to rescue) : 392

- Return to Owner : 399

- Euthanized :

Emergency - 14

Behavioral , Medical - 77

Animals Still in Care - 25



Live release rate %89

(Figures taken from 2020 Animal Control reports.)


Approximately 1,600 dogs were taken in by area rescue groups as strays and owner surrenders, which avoided Animal Control all together.





Total number of Cat Intakes: 1,289

- Stray Drop-off : 818

- Owner Surrender : 605

- Other Drop-Off : 32

- Picked Up by Officers : 124

- Adoptions : 428

- Transfer out (to rescue) : 615

- Return to Owner : 15

- Euthanized :

Emergency - 86

Behavioral , Medical - 79

Animals Still in Care - 49

The IMPACT of Spay It Forward


Since January 2014, Spay It Forward has funded spay and neuter of 2,662 cats and

prevented the birth of 31,944 unwanted kittens that would have been born that year.

These unwanted kittens, unaltered, would have produced 97,150 in the next year.


Since January 2014, Spay It Forward has funded spay and neuter of 456 dogs

and prevented the birth of 7,296 unwanted puppies that would have been born that year!

These unwanted puppies, unaltered, would have produced 33,920 unwanted puppies the next year.


One spay or neuter, alone, prevents 16 unwanted puppies and 12 kittens from being born in just a year's time. Spay/neuter is an instant solution

Why Spay or Neuter your pet?

  • It instantly reduces the number of potential unwanted kittens and puppies.
  • It decreases the number of stray animals that create a health/safety hazard for people and other animals.
  • It reduces the number of animals that Animal Control must take in and/or euthanize AND creates a big savings to the County and its citizens.
  • Altered animals most often are better behaved, easier to train, calmer and more affectionate than those that are not.
  • Spaying a female eliminates the heat cycle, bleeding, crying and the desire to roam in search of a mate.
  • Spaying a female eliminates attracting every unaltered male within miles.
  • Neutered males are less likely to “mark” their territory and try to run away to find an unaltered female.
  • Most dog parks and doggie day care facilities prefer their attendees to be spayed or neutered.
  • Research indicates that spaying or neutering a dog or cat helps to reduce the occurrence of common prostate, uterine and breast cancers.
  • Spayed and neutered animals are more sociable with others of the same gender and exhibit fewer dominant tendencies.
  • Spaying and neutering does not cause a pet to get fat—overeating and lack of exercise do.
  • Spaying and neutering feral/wild cats prevents fighting among males and thus prevents injuries.
  • Preventing the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens is the humane thing to do.




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P.O. Box 1210 . Concord North Carolina 28026