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Facts and figures on the Richmond SPCA and Virginia animals

Facts and figures on the Richmond SPCA and Virginia animals

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A dog from the Richmond SPCA looks around as Nutasha and Nutzy greet a dog at The Diamond during Bark in the Park night in Richmond VA Mon. May 9, 2016.


3,599: total animal intake at Richmond SPCA in fiscal 2015

81.9: percentage of intake / dogs and cats transferred from other shelters

14.8: percentage of intake / cats surrendered by owners

3.2: percentage of intake / dogs surrendered by owners

3,646: pets adopted (includes some already in care as year began)

26.6: average stay (in days) for pets before finding a new home

1,202: pets receiving in-home foster care (many recovering from an ailment or mothers nursing their litters)

2,496: jars of baby food donated by Martin's (for neonatal puppies and kittens)

1,058: feral cat spay/neuter surgeries performed and rabies vaccinations administered

1,590: phone calls to pet behavior help line

3,831: miles run with shelter dogs by Running Buddies volunteers

19,211: non-foster-care hours given by volunteers


229,259: total animals taken in by shelters or rescue groups in 2015 (based on custody reporting figures)

110: public animal shelters in Virginia (95 locality-owned, 15 contracted) 

44: private animal shelters

1: state animal shelter inspector (who reaches all shelters annually)

129,403: official livestock identification tags distributed

23,551,175: poultry animals imported into Virginia

6,738: cattle imported

336: llamas/alpacas imported

270,000: hog inventory in Virginia

6th: state's rank for turkey inventory in 2012

Data from the Richmond SPCA (FY 2015 annual report); Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; USDA



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