Pet Owners Favor Adoption, Survey Says

Owners looking for their next pet are more likely to go to an animal shelter or rescue than a pet store, according to a survey released by Hartz.

Posted: April 28, 2011, 3 a.m. EDT

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In celebration of National Pet Week, occuring the first week of May, Hartz Mountain Corporation encourages prospective pet owners to adopt a shelter animal.
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 cat or dog breeder, 4 percent said they’d go to a pet store and another 4 percent said it wouldn’t matter.

Hartz Mountain Corporation of Secaucus, N.J., 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).

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.

To learn more about Hartz Mountain Corporation, click here.


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Stephanie   North Canton, OH

4/29/2011 1:43:42 PM


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Judy   Oak Lawn, IL

4/29/2011 7:31:24 AM

We've always had shelter dogs or rescue dogs. I don't have an issue with fees for these dogs as that is used to medical treatment and other care for these animals. These dogs are the best.

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

4/28/2011 10:29:44 PM

I wouldn't go to a pet shelter just because it's too expensive to adopt. I would look around locally for someone who had puppies or an unwanted dog.

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