The Best Friends Survey
Best Friends Inaugural Pet Adoption Survery
After scouring a few surveys and talking with friends who are dog owners, I was able to conclude that people don’t usually adopt dogs because:
They don't know how to adopt a dog.
Adoption facilities are not conveniently located.
They believed that shelter animals were poorly behaved, malnourished and unhealthy
They don't believe that shelters has breeds (pure breed) that they preferred.
Among people who did try adopting, they complained that the process had too much paperwork, the requirements were strict, the responses from the adoption center were bad.
One third (33%) of respondents of
Best Friends Animal Societies’ pet adoption survey
believed that shelter animals are less desirable than those purchased from breeders.
In reality, not only are most shelter animals great family pets, but shelter animals tend to be healthier than those purchased at a pet store.
(PetSmart Survey) Among the almost 3,000 people who live with cats and dogs, Thirty-four percent of those who added a pet in the previous 12 months but chose not to adopt said they went elsewhere because shelters do not have purebred animals (not true). And 12 percent of those who chose not to adopt said they didn’t know much about pet adoption.
J Am Vet Med Assoc.
Physical Appearance (Dogs with large, wide set, colorful eyes and a “smiling” facial expression were most appealing to respondents)
Breed type (Purebred dogs were preferred)
Age (Younger dogs/puppies were preferred)
Size (Smaller puppies were preferred)
Behaviour (Desire for the dog to be safe with children, to be housetrained)
(J Am Vet Med Assoc.)
Terrier, hound, toy, and non sporting breeds were found to be significantly associated with successful adoption.
Certain coat colors (gold, gray, and white), small size, and history of an indoor environment were also significant predictors of successful adoption
American Humane Association
The three main reasons for returning a pet are :
Human health issues (Allergic Reactions)
Behavioural characteristics of the dog.(Hyperactivity, Aggression)
A 2013 study by the American Humane Association found that one in ten pets adopted from a shelter were no longer in the home six months later and that people who asked for help before
returning the pet were more likely to keep the pet than those who had not sought advice from a vet, friends, family or the shelter.
Since adopting a dog comes with a lot of questions and uncertainties, the user can ask the adoption center queries regarding the dog and its tendencies. Once his/her queries are answered, he/she may choose to visit the dog and see if the dog is as he/she
expected it to be.
Once the user is satisfied with their option, they apply for adoption. The adoption policies of shelters are different in different locations. If the shelter is strict on their adoption policy, they can ask a lot of qualifying
questions like “Would you be able to take the dog for social classes once a week?” or questions about household, age, previous and current pets, the condition/size of the house and yard to see if the user is fit for the dog or
After that, the user signs an adoption agreement, pays the adoption fees, if such a fee exists and collects the dog.