For veterinarians and others concerned about dog and cat overpopulation, the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy is a resource for data characterizing the number, origin, and disposition of unwanted animals.
Shelter statistics and other useful information are now available online from the council at www.petpopulation.org, the Web site it launched Sept 5. Offerings include featured research; educational material; the top 10 reasons for relinquishment of dogs and cats, respectively, to shelters; how to get involved with the council; and suggested reading.
The AVMA was a founding member of the council in 1993 and has two representatives on its board of directors (Dr. Sally O. Walshaw, East Lansing, Mich, and Dr. Gail C. Golab, AVMA staff). Created to develop an empirical understanding of pet population dynamics in the United States, the council unites humane organizations, breeder groups, and veterinary associations to work on mutual goals.