Pets for Life - A New Community Understanding
- More than a third of respondents heard about the event from a promotional flyer, while 30% said word of mouth, 14% said online media, and 14% said broadcast media.
- The proportion of pets that were unaltered ranged from a low of 45% in Toledo to a high of 85% in Chicago.
- The percentage of spay/neuter appointments completed was only 30% in Chicago (so far), where follow-up contact was deemed inadequate, but the completion percentage was 80-83% in other areas where follow-up was more thorough.
- At most events, pit bulls and pit bull mixes made up a majority of the pets served, with "toy breed" dogs second most common.
- A small minority (13%) of respondents have contacted animal control or an animal shelter and over half (53%) report that their pet has never been to a veterinarian.
- Most people got their pets from a friend, family member, or neighbor, but a significant proportion also came from breeders, shelters, or were found as strays. This question differed significantly for animals who were already spayed/neutered compared with those who were not.
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