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Pet Shelters and Rescues Rank as Top Source for New Dog and Cat Acquisitions


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More pet owners are acquiring dogs and cats through pet shelters and rescue groups, according to a new report by market research firm Packaged Facts. A third, or 34 percent, of new dogs are adopted from pet shelters or rescue groups, according to the report. As for cats, about three out of 10 are adopted from the same sources. For both dogs and cats, pet shelters and rescue groups are the leading single method of acquisition, according to the report.

By the end of 2019, about 7 million U.S. households will have acquired a new dog during the year, while more than 5 million will have acquired a new cat over the same period of time, figures showed.

“When it comes to adding a new dog to the home, the size of the dog matters more than just about any other factor,” said officials from Packaged Facts, which is headquartered in Rockville, Md. “[The report revealed] that the majority of newly adopted dogs are medium-size or smaller.”

Primary motivations for adopting a new dog or cat, according to the report, include love of dogs or cats; companionship for themselves or for others in the household; companionship for other pets in the household; for personal mental health/stress reduction benefits; companionship for the sake of children in the household—though this tendency is notably more important in households adopting dogs versus households adopting cats.

The findings were published in the report, U.S. Pet Market Focus: New Dog and Cat Owners.

 

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