It's a story of numbers really. Homeless dogs and cats outnumber homeless people 5-1. Every year, 2.7 million cats and dogs are euthanized every year in the U-S because they didn't have homes and shelters didn't have room for them. Animal experts say senior dogs and cats are the first to be put down. A reminder to all pet owners here--be sure to spay or neuter your pet to cut down on the high number of unwanted animals who wind up becoming a sad statistic. Older animals need us. The main reason animals are in shelters: owners give them up or animal control finds them on the street. It’s impossible to get an accurate count on the exact number of stray animals, but there is one estimate that there are 70 million stray cats, and the number of stray dogs can't be far behind. Again, experts say the numbers would come down drastically if pet owners would only get their pets fixed. Owners also need to be sure the animal can't get away and wind up bringing more homeless animals into the world. But the aforementioned stats are the reason animal groups are calling on people to stop buying from puppy mills and pet stores. If you are in the market for a new furry friend, then go to your local humane society or another shelter. Even if you have your heart set on a puppy or a kitten, ask to see the older animals, too. Look into their wise, sad eyes and wait for the connection.