There are different kinds of animal welfare groups: those who receive government funds, those who are independently run, and independently run groups that have government contracts.
According to SPCA, “there are about 13,600 community animal shelters nationwide that are independent; there is no national organization monitoring these shelters.”
There are 3007 counties in the U.S. If every county had a government run animal facility, there could be 16607 possible animal shelters/rescues.
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