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According to a 2015-2016 survey by American Pet Products Association (APPA), 35% of all households in the United States own a cat, with the total number of pet cats reaching almost 86 million. Of those, almost 97% of households consider cats to be family members or companions. Obviously cats are important to Americans. That’s the good news. The bad news is that 1.4 million cats are euthanized each year….

To read more check out my post Our Most Euthanized Pet. In that article, I covered three ways that the average pet owner could help.

Spay-Neuter

In a perfect world, we might not need to spay/neuter our cats. But the reality is 1.4 million unwanted cats are euthanized each year. In addition, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) there are an estimated 30 to 40 million homeless cats. Clearly, we have a pet overpopulation crisis, and the one message animal welfare experts keep repeating is this: spaying and neutering is the best way to change those numbers.

To read more, check out my post Spay/Neuter Awareness.

Keep Cats Indoors

When I began to research the reasons for keeping cats inside, however, I found myself being educated on how complicated the indoor/outdoor issue is. In this article, I’ll overview the history of the domestication of cats, as well as the pros and cons for keeping them indoors…..

To read more, check out my post Indoor/Outdoor Cat Debate.

Trap-Neuter-Release

According to The Humane Society of the United States, cats are divided into three distinct populations: The first two populations are the obvious ones: those owned as pets, and those in shelters and rescues. The third group is the one most people don’t think about: community cats, which consists of abandoned, stray, and feral (unsocialized) cats. The community cat population isn’t small: there are an estimated 30 to 40 million in the United States. Can anything be done about so many homeless cats? Many animal welfare groups advocate for a Trap-Neuter-Release approach to their management….

To read more, check out my post: America’s Overlooked 40 Million Cats

This post is part of the Small Victories line-up. Check out others by clicking on the below graphic.

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Did you know that according to Petfinder that two of the dog breeds with the highest numbers available for adoption are Chihuahuas (over 13,000) and pit bull terriers (over 17,000)? Other than the Labrador retriever, which also runs around 17,000, the closest that any other breed numbers is around 5,000.

My heart sinks to see those astronomical numbers. Some other breeds, such as English shepherd, Irish setter, and Japanese Chin each have fewer than a hundred in need of adoption. It’s difficult for me to envision how thousands of Chihuahuas and pit bulls could possibly get adopted. Yet there is something that all of us can do to help.

To read more, check out my post The Mighty and The Tiny Project. I wrote this post for Lincoln Animal Ambassadors, a volunteer organization committed to improving the lives of animals and alleviating cruelty in the local community where I live. Some of their offerings include a low-cost spay/neuter program, temporary assistance pet food bank, and education about being responsible pet guardians. The latter is where I mostly help.

Although The Might and The Tiny Project is a local initiative only, you can still help by educating yourself about the plight of Chihuahuas and pit bull terriers. Below you’ll find links to series of posts I wrote on the topic.

I ended with three posts wherein I interviewed local owners and rescue groups.

Abby & Aishan

Abby & Aishan

Described as “a graceful, alert, swift-moving, compact little dog with saucy expression and with terrier-like qualities of temperament,” the Chihuahua is ranked as the 24th most popular breed by the American Kennel Club. At the same time, Petfinder reveals more than 13,000 Chihuahuas are in need of homes at the time of this article. Over-breeding has saturated the demand for these tiny dogs.

Life with the Tiny Breed

Dina & Nala: "When I have been gone too long, she lays on top of me to keep me home."

Dina & Nala: “When I have been gone too long, she lays on top of me to keep me home.”

According to the United Kennel Club, the essential characteristics of the American Pit Bull Terrier are confidence, strength, and enthusiasm for life. Due to extreme friendliness, even to strangers, UKC does not recommend the breed as a guard dog. In addition, UKC notes that American Pit Bull Terriers make excellent family companions and have been well-noted for their love of children.

Life with the Mighty Breed

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Experiences of Dog Rescue Groups with The Mighty/Tiny Breeds

You can also help by ensuring your own pets are spayed/neutered. If they already are, please help groups within your own region who offer low-cost spay-neuter. Thanks!

This post is part of the Small Victories line-up. Check out others by clicking on the below graphic.

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