Study sheds light on pet adoption trends
One-third of cats and dogs come from a shelter or rescue.
About one-third of cats and dogs brought into a household over the previous 12 months came from an animal shelter or rescue, according to a new study.
“A somewhat higher percentage of cat owners than of dog owners adopt a new pet each year, reflecting in part the higher prevalence of multiple-cat ownership,” the report stated.
The study, U.S. Pet Market Focus: New Dog and Cat Owners, surveyed 6,001 adults. Among other findings:
- 39% of households, or 48.1 million, have at least one dog. About 15.5% of those households obtained a dog within the past 12 months.
- 24% of households have one or more cats, and 18% of them — 3 million — welcomed a new feline in the previous 12 months.
- When a dog or cat is introduced, the owner is much more likely to buy supplies at a brick-and-mortar store than on the internet.
- 55% of all dog owners consider veterinarians to be the most important source of pet care information.
The 95-page report is available for purchase at http://bit.ly/2lyITtL.