Delta County Citizens for Animal Welfare and Shelter (CAWS) launched its first pet census/survey last winter. A questionnaire about Delta County's dog and cat population was included in the organization's winter fundraising mailing and the response was good.
More than three percent of county residents responded to the county-wide mailing, which is considered very high in the direct mail response business. Delta city residents were among the highest responders, at almost 34%, closely followed by Paonia at 20%.
There were several interesting statistics reported by the analysis, and one or two surprises. Among the stats reported were: of households that own pets, almost 40% own two dogs and two cats or more; 26% are outdoor dogs and 33% are outdoor cats; 42% of both companion dogs and cats are spayed; and almost 39% of feral cats are reported to live in Delta. One of the surprising statistics reported was that most pets in Delta County are not rescue animals, ie, they did not come from a shelter or rescue organization. This may indicate that many are purchased from breeders and pet shops, acquired from friends and neighbors, or simply found stray and are kept by the family.
To see the summary report in PDF format, visit CAWSonline.org. (Note: Due to the voluntary, mail-in nature of the survey, this statistical report may be skewed by 30-40%.)
Be a Shelter
You can help the homeless animals in your community by volunteering at the CAWS Adoption Center. CAWS is looking for dedicated animal lovers to tackle a variety of tasks that will benefit both the shelter animals and visitors to the shelter. CAWS' number one goal is to place our adoptable animals into responsible homes and to ensure that all our center animals are cared for and comforted as much as possible during their stay with us. Volunteer training sessions are held every second Sunday of the month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. You must apply and qualify to receive the training schedule. Visit cawsonline.org to learn more and apply.blog comments powered by Disqus