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May 17, 2011



Katie -- I know that the number was referenced in the documentary, but I am pretty certain the origin of it is much older than that, but I could be wrong.

H. Houlahan

Late to the party here, but the "1 in 600" factoid reminds me of this little gem:

And, of course, the creative math about cat fecundity that would have us all drowning in a hundred-foot-deep sea of lolcats if it had any basis in reality.

Northern Sentinel

Thanks for all you do.

Rachel Buyher

I realize this is a VERY old post but I happened to run across it & wanted to add... I've been in the animal welfare industry for 18 years.As manager of Operations for an Indiana shelter that euthanizes, I have heard a similar yet much more realistic version of this statistic for years - that 1 in every 600 pit bulls find a home FOR LIFE. And from my experience that may not be so far off from all dogs or pets in general. The rate of rehoming, while not always negative, is alarming. I think this was the original & more accurate statistic and, like the game of "Telephone", it somehow evolved into an incorrect statement. Just my 2 cents if anyone cares. :)


I think that 1 in 600 number, even with the "for life" measure, is entirely problematic. First of all, it's not at all quantified. Second, if you make any attempt to quantify this it would prove to be really far off.

Every year, approximately 5% of dogs need to be rehomed (based on an estimate of 4 million dogs entering shelters each year, and 80 million owned dogs nationwide). Thus, 95% of dogs stay in their homes each year. Even if you account for pets rehomed not through the shelter/rescue system it would take a LOT of made-up math to get to less than .2% of pit bulls finding their permanent home. I think generally we're better off working with facts we know than making them up.

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