Poll: 54 percent will adopt their next pet from a shelter

A recent Associated Press-Petside.com poll showed 54 percent of respondents will rescue their next pet, while only 23 percent suggested a breeder will be the choice.

An ABC News story posted Wednesday also noted just 8 percent plan to go to a store to make the purchase. Why that 8 percent hasn’t gotten the message yet – in regard to this being such a poor choice – is anybody’s guess.

The following paragraph from the story is a good sign that more people are doing their homework on this issue –

“”And more than four in 10 said they thought store pets could have hidden medical or psychological problems. That’s significantly more than those who expressed the same concerns about pets from animal shelters or breeders.””

And then we have this graph –

“”As for psychological problems, 44 percent said they had significant worries about pet store animals and 33 percent worried about both breeder and shelter pets.””

The health and psychological problems should be a concern and should be taken into consideration when purchasing a pet. The one red flag too few people know about? – the selling of puppies younger than 10 to 12 weeks old. Puppies need the extra time with their moms and siblings to learn proper social behaviors.

If a breeder or store is selling puppies at 6 to 8 weeks old – that’s a big red flag – and while it will not be true in all cases, the odds are greater that those puppies will develop problems as they grow older.

Overall, I think the poll offers some pretty good news. But I’m looking ahead to the day when the adoption segment of the poll jumps into the 80s – or at least the store option goes down around zero and the breeder choice includes only those who have heavily researched the breeder in question.


2 responses to this post.

  1. I am looking forward to the day when the shelters have enough room to keep a homeless animal until it finds its forever home. Or a day when more people came to adopt than to drop off animals and that for just one day, the shelter ran out of homeless animals. A homeless animal could actually become hard to find and maybe people would value them more…………….working toward that day, Tom—love the site!
    Jill Jones
    Wilmington, NC


  2. Posted by Tom Grady on May 17, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Thanks Jill – and thank you for offering your thoughts on this important issue.


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