My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

The truth about counting dogs

While human census questionnaires have recently captured the hears and minds of millions in Kazakhstan and yielded surprising results on the island of Fiji, some Americans are more worried about counting man’s best friends. Municipal employees in Gorham, New York have been faced with a doggie demographic discrepancy. Based on a population formula used by the Humane Society, there should be approximately 25,000 dogs in Ontario County, where Gorham is located. However, only 17,663 dogs were collectively counted by enumerators during the last Humane Society census. That potentially leaves 7,337 uncounted, unlicensed dogs. Uh-oh!