This is what we learn from a recent survey conducted on behalf of the Quebec Veterinary Medical Association in small animal practice (AMVQ), in collaboration with the City of Montreal and the distribution of veterinary drugs company, CDMV.
The outline of this survey.
Cats are present in 32% of households (29% in 2008).
There are 1.52 million cats in Quebec (it does not include cats living in shelters, pounds and pet shops).
Cats are found in 24% of households.
It is estimated that there are 978,000 dogs. If we add to this, the dogs in shelters, pounds, farms or businesses, you can easily think that the number of dogs in Quebec reaches one million.
An estimated 22% of dogs aged 12 months and older (189,000), living in a Quebec household are not sterilized and thus are able to reproduce. If we add the dogs living in shelters, pounds, pet shops or breeders, this number can easily reach more than 200 000.
By limiting unnecessary births of kittens and puppies, it is possible to reduce the unacceptable amount of abandoned and often euthanized pets.