From where did you obtain your most recent dog/cat?

Origin of previously owned cats or dogs 2012 This statistic shows the results of a survey among American adults on where they obtained their last dog or cat. The respondents are exclusively adults who have previously owned a cat or dog but not within the past 12 months. 22 percent of previous dog owners and 18 percent of previous cat owners stated they obtained the pet from a shelter or rescue organization.
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DogCat
Family/friend/neighbor38%41%
Shelter/Rescue organization22%18%
Stray4%22%
Breeder16%2%
Ad9%4%
Adopted from pet store2%2%
Purchase from pet store6%2%
Don't know3%6%
Other1%2%
DogCat
Family/friend/neighbor38%41%
Shelter/Rescue organization22%18%
Stray4%22%
Breeder16%2%
Ad9%4%
Adopted from pet store2%2%
Purchase from pet store6%2%
Don't know3%6%
Other1%2%
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This statistic shows the results of a survey among American adults on where they obtained their last dog or cat. The respondents are exclusively adults who have previously owned a cat or dog but not within the past 12 months. 22 percent of previous dog owners and 18 percent of previous cat owners stated they obtained the pet from a shelter or rescue organization.
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Release date
2012
Region
United States
Survey time period
February 2012
Number of respondents
1,000*
Age group
8-19 years
Special properties
Adults who have previously owned a cat/dog but not within the past 12 months
Method of interview
Online survey
Supplementary notes
* Previously owned a cat but not within the past 12 months: n=500
Previously owned a dog but not within the past 12 months: n=500

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