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Pet Owners Favor Adoption, Survey Says

Posted: April 27, 2011, 6 p.m., EDT

Click to enlarge.A person looking for his or her next pet is more likely to go to an animal shelter or rescue than a pet store, according to a survey released yesterday by Hartz Mountain Corp. of Secaucus, N.J.

The Hartz Pet Trend Report, conducted by Richard Day Research, polled 1,028 U.S. cat and dog owners about their pet and pet-related topics. It found that 60 percent of the respondents would prefer to adopt their next pet from a rescue society, while 10 percent said they’d go to a registered breeder, 4 percent said they’d go to a pet store and another 4 percent said it wouldn’t matter.

Hartz said it commissioned the survey to better understand what pet owners think about pet issues and to gain insight into pet owners’ relationships with their four-legged companions.

When considering what makes a good pet, the majority of pet owners polled (65 percent) said personality is the most important characteristic, followed by loyalty (20 percent), obedience (11 percent), “something else” (2 percent) and purity of breed (1 percent).

A person looking for his or her next pet is more likely to go to an animal shelter or rescue than a pet store, according to a survey released yesterday by Hartz Mountain Corp. of Secaucus, N.J.The report also revealed that nearly half (47 percent) of the respondents said their pet is like a child to them. Forty-two percent said they would compare their pet to a good friend.

The release of the Hartz Pet Trend Report coincides with National Pet Week, scheduled for May 1 to 7, 2011. To celebrate the observance, which recognizes the bond between humans and their pets, Hartz plans to encourage prospective pet owners to adopt a shelter animal. The company also has pledged to donate product to 10 U.S. shelters as part of an online contest. Details of the contest were not immediately available.


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All my pets have come from shelters and I know that my furry family understands that they have been given a new lease on life. They are extremely loyal and unconditionally loving, even more than my human children! My pets are my reason for living and make my life worthwhile. Their beautiful spirits give me hope that the world is a good place. Everyone should adopt a pet from a shelter to understand this. TRY IT!
Mavis, Chemainus, BC
Posted: 6/2/2011 10:18:22 PM
First of all - we adopt CHILDREN not animals. Second, if you PAY a shelter or rescue for an animal you did NOT adopt, you purchased an animal. We need to keep the line between animals and humans defined or the animal rights whackos are going to take away our rights to have animals in our lives - that is their STATED goal. Animal rights is about POWER, CONTROL and money - NOT animals. For more information on why you should not support the language and agenda of the animal rights movement:
Elizabeth, Pittsburgh, PA
Posted: 6/1/2011 10:32:15 AM
I think it must not be covering all of the people and only a selected few. My friends and I decided to adopt to do our part. We found these dogs to be very expensive to adopt about $550 each. Then the vet bills began to escalate. I quit when it reached the 5000 dollar mark. Also these dogs grew to be bigger than we wanted and some where much older than the shelter said and were not housebroken. I am never getting another dog again from any shelter as they lie to you and don't help you afterwards.
Cara, Santa Rosa, CA
Posted: 5/4/2011 7:20:37 AM
Statistics don't lie - but statisticians most CERTAINLY do. This is an example - cherry-pick your audience, slant the questions so they will answer your way. BALONEY!!!!

You want a guarantee of personality or personality - then only a pure-bred dog will give that. Want a dog with unknown baggage? Then go with a mutt from the shelter. Stop spreading the lies of H$U$!!! Wanna stay in business, vets, then get FAR AWAY from the Animal Rights! You're playing right into their hands - and you won't have a reason for your education when they're done.
Carol, LA, CA
Posted: 5/3/2011 8:02:23 AM
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