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Cat Owners Favor Adoption, Survey Says

An individual on the lookout for his or her subsequent cat or canine is extra more likely to go to a canine or cat shelter or rescue than a pet retailer, based on a survey launched yesterday by Hartz Mountain Corp. of Secaucus, N.J.

The Hartz Pet Trend Report, carried out by Richard Day Research, polled 1,028 U.S. cat and canine house owners about their cat or canine and pet-related subjects. It discovered that 60 p.c of the respondents would like to undertake their subsequent cat or canine from a rescue society, whereas 10 p.c stated they’d go to a registered breeder, four p.c stated they’d go to a pet retailer and one other four p.c stated it wouldn’t matter.

Hartz stated it commissioned the survey to higher perceive what canine and cat house owners take into consideration pet points and to achieve perception into canine and cat house owners’ relationships with their four-legged companions.

When contemplating what makes a great pet, nearly all of pet house owners polled (65 p.c) stated character is crucial attribute, adopted by loyalty (20 p.c), obedience (11 p.c), “something else” (2 p.c) and purity of breed (1 p.c).

The report additionally revealed that just about half (47 p.c) of the respondents stated their canine or cat is sort of a baby to them. Forty-two p.c stated they’d examine their canine or cat to a great buddy.

The launch of the Hartz Pet Trend Report coincides with National Pet Week, scheduled for May 1 to 7, 2011. To have fun the observance, which acknowledges the bond between people and their pets, Hartz plans to encourage potential pet house owners to undertake a shelter animal. The firm additionally has pledged to donate product to 10 U.S. shelters as a part of a web-based contest. Details of the competition weren’t instantly accessible.

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