Table 4

Number of cats and dogs estimated to enter the care of different types of organisation during 2009

NationalIndependentBreed-specificTotal
Cats
Number of cats housed in 2009 (data obtained from completed questionnaires)64,45432,207117097,831
Median number of cats housed by responding organisations that cared for cats137.51506
Percentage of non-responding organisations that cared for cats100% (106/106)60.2%* (139/231)21.8% (72/330)
Estimated numbers of cats housed by non-responding organisations in 200914,57518,23243233,239
Total79,02950,4391602131,070
Dogs
Number of dogs housed in 2009 (data obtained from completed questionnaires)25,06743,71814,28883,073
Median number of dogs housed by responding organisations that cared for cats184.515040
Percentage of non-responding organisations that cared for dogs87.7% (93/106)63.2%* (146/231)78.5% (259/330)
Estimated numbers of dogs housed by non-responding organisations in 200917,15919,15110,36046,670
Total42,22662,86924,648129,743
  • * The percentage of non-responding ‘independent’ organisations that cared for cats/dogs was estimated using the proportions of responding organisations that cared for cats/dogs