A recent poll conducted by the Associated Press
has found that more Americans would choose a pet from a shelter rather than a pet store, reports the source.
More than half, 54 percent, of the people polled said they would get their next pet from a shelter. That is seven times more people than those who would get their next pet from a store. Twenty-three percent said they would go with a breeder.
"There are plenty of animals out there that need good homes that don't have them. There's no reason to continue to breed animals when there are so many that have to be put down," John Knight, who adopted his dog Leisl from a shelter, told the news provider.
The poll also found that 4 in 10 respondents think that pets from a store are more likely to have hidden medical or psychological problems. Forty-seven percent were concerned about the medical issues with animals from stores and 44 percent were concerned with the psychological issues of pet shop animals.
When considering adding another pet to the family it is important do research and gather information about where you will be getting the animal from and how it will adapt to its new setting. Consulting with your veterinarian and groomer can help in your decision.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimates that about 6-8 million cats and dogs are cared for by animal shelters every year. If considering adopting another pet, or your first one, look into adopting from a shelter.