Overpopulation of pets is a national problem, according to the Human Society of the United States. Pet welfare nonprofits like the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) enlist people to get involved with community needs. Donating time, skill, and money, and fundraising are chief needs for shelters and service providers. Orange is the logo color for the ASPCA. Using orange in fundraisers such as selling uniquely designed safety t shirts that are amusing or pictures adorable pets with captions on the front and statistics on back can raise awareness and funds online or off.

Scientists advise that both domestic pets and humans are overpopulating Earth. U. S. Residents number 6,893,000,000 according to the U. S. Census Bureau. This exceeds the Earth’s capacity to provide sufficient human habitats.

According to one scientific report, humans are present 10,000 greater than the norm of the animal kingdom rules. The Humane Society reports that there are 77.5 million dogs owned. The ratio of female to male dogs is about equal. Only 19% of owned dogs came from animal shelters. The average dog owner owns approximately 2 dogs.

In the U. S. 93.6 million cats are owned. Female cats are 70% of all cats owned. The average cat owner has approximately almost 2.5 cats. Twenty-two percent of cats came from shelters. The spay or neuter rate for owned cats is 87%. Feral cats number 50 million.

Between 6 and 8 million cats and dogs live in the approximately 3,500 U. S. Animal shelters. These animals are often offspring of house pets. Less than 5% of cats and roughly 30% of dogs, are reclaimed by owners from animal shelters. Between 3-4 million of sheltered animals are adopted. The remaining animals are put down at a rate of 1 per 8 seconds, or four million annually.

Shelters cannot meet the demand for services or shelter space. Companion pet organizations, rescue groups, and animal shelters conduct outreach to communities on ways to help their communities. Spaying or neutering pets and stray animals, particularly cats, can help. Adopting from pet shelters instead of pet stores, donating time and money, and fundraising can further help.

Unwanted or stray pets often face neglect, abandonment, unsanitary living conditions, and poor health care. Animals may become the victims of cruelty from humans due to their own poverty, ignorance, apathy, beliefs or intentions. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, among the top ten reasons for relinquishing animals are the costs involved and moving. During economic recessions and global natural disasters, pets may take a backseat to more pressing family needs. Animal overpopulation and abandonment have a global impact that includes millions of dollars spent to capture, care for and euthanize them. To locally raise awareness, consider using safety vest.

Pet spaying or neutering can be a comparatively inexpensive but humane way to make a difference. The Humane Society has information for national and state programs, such as Spay USA, that offer low cost or free spay-neuter services. Raising funds and awareness using orange t-shirt can make all the difference in the world, particularly for local communities.