According to a survey released by Hartz Mountain Corp., 60 percent of pet owners hope to adopt their next dog or cat from a rescue organization or animal shelter.
Ten percent of those surveyed plan to use a registered breeder, and four percent will go to a pet store.
Survey respondents ranked the qualities of a good pet in order of importance as follows:
- Personality (65 percent)
- Loyalty (20 percent)
- Obedience (11 percent)
- Other quality (2 percent)
- Purity of breed (1 percent)
According to Veterinary Practice News:
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.