Pet Owners Survey: More Likely to Adopt from Shelters in the Future

Today is National ASPCA Day. The organization was founded on this day in 1866. The ASPCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving animals from cruelty and helping them find good homes. For that reason, the organization encourages people to adopt pets from shelters. So how many current pet owners have rescued their animals from shelters as opposed to other methods? And how many are likely to do so in the future?

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Pet Owners

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 35% of respondents said they currently own multiple pets. 28% own just one pet. Another 24% said they have owned pets in the past, but don’t currently own any. And just 13% of respondents said they’ve never owned any pets.

Cats are the most common type of pet owned by respondents; 62% currently own at least one cat. 59% own a dog. 10% own birds. 8% own fish. 3% own hamsters. And 5% own other types of pets such as chickens, turtles and guinea pigs.

Adopting Pets

Of those respondents who have ever owned a pet, just 28% adopted their animals from shelters. But in many situations, it seems that people haven’t had to actually buy their pets; 42% obtained their pets from friends or family members. 18% have bought animals from pet stores. 12% have gotten them from breeders. And 20% have obtained their pets in other ways, such as from adopting strays or from ads local papers.

Future Pet Owners

Looking forward, 41% of respondents said it is likely that they’ll get another pet or pets at some point in the future. Of those respondents, 66% said they would likely go to a shelter to adopt any future pets. 22% said they would likely go to a pet store. Another 22% would likely go to a breeder. And 31% said they would likely just get any future pets from friends or family members.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

Photo Credit: Caged Kindness from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on April 8 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.