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The Top 5 Reasons for Owners Leaving Their Cat at a Shelter (U.S.)

  Reason
1 Too many in the house
2 Allergies
3 Moving
4 Cost of pet maintenance
5 Landlord issues
Sources:   National Council on pet population study & policy.

List Notes: Data is for the years 2003-2006. Animals relinquished for euthanasia due to illness or age, and animals turned in as strays were excluded from this list.
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