Overpopulation of domestic dogs leads to an increase in diseases such as rabies and an increase in financial problems. This problem could be reduced if there were less people supporting the breeding industry, more spay and neuter programs, and more awareness. Dogs should be spayed or neutered in order to reduce the overpopulation of the animals along with raising additional awareness.
Dogs can have one litter of six or more puppies each year so there are more dogs than there are people who intend to care for them, which leads to overpopulation becoming an ongoing issue. Overpopulation of dogs results from a combination of factors such as boosting “breeding cycles” and breeding specific types of dogs for “commercial purposes” of the animals (Issitt). Owners of domestic dogs change the breeding cycle of their pets by forcing them to breed and reproduce year round regardless of the “availability of