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3 in 10 New Dogs and Cats in US Homes are Adopted From Shelters or Rescues, Report Finds

7 million US households will get a dog this year, and 5 million will get a cat.

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ROCKVILLE, MD — Pet ownership continues is trending upward, and more than a third of new dogs are adopted from pet shelters or rescue sources, according to a new report from market research firm Packaged Facts.

Similarly, three out of 10 cats are adopted from pet shelters or rescue sources.

For both dogs and cats, pet shelters and rescue sources are the leading single method of acquisition.

By the end of 2019, an estimated 7 million U.S. households will have acquired a new dog during the year, while more than 5 million U.S. households will have acquired a new cat over the same period of time.

The data and research are featured in the new report “U.S. Pet Market Focus: New Dog and Cat Owners.”

Primary motivations for adopting a new dog or cat include:

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  • Love of dogs or cats.
  • Companionship for self or for others in the household.
  • Companionship for other pets in the household.
  • Personal mental health/stress reduction benefits.
  • Companionship for the sake of children in the household (though this tendency is notably more important in households adopting dogs versus households adopting cats).

When it comes to adding a new dog to the home, the size of the dog matters more than just about any other factor. Packaged Facts found that the majority of newly adopted dogs are medium-size or smaller.

Few new dog adopters fully research types of dogs for suitability (including disposition, space and exercise requirements, barking or guard dog characteristics, getting along with children, getting along with other pets).

Since launching in 2017, PETS+ has won 14 major international journalism awards for its publication and website. Contact PETS+'s editors at editor@petsplusmag.com.

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These 10 Attendees Won a Free Night at the PETS+ Wellness Summit Hotel

Find out who won a free night at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel on us!

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Leading up to the PETS+ Wellness Summit happening Oct. 1 and 2 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel, we gave away 10 free nights to 10 lucky attendees. Picked at random, they are:

  • Kelly Donnel, Pet Central Station, Lincoln, NE
  • Kimberly Aspenleiter, Moore Equine Feed & Supply, Southern Pines, NC
  • Patricia Boden, Animal Connection, Charlottsville, VA
  • Justin Dowling, Pet Supply Port, Saukville, WI
  • Brianna Swanberg, Mutts & Meows, Nashville, TN
  • Christine McCoy, The Natural Pet Enrichment Center, North Royalton, OH
  • Annabell Bivens, The Dog Store by Your Dog’s Best Friends, Alexandria, VA
  • Hernando Umana, Beautify the Beast, Lutz, FL
  • Trace Menchaca, Flying M Feed Co, Houston, TX
  • Chris Guinn, Dog Krazy, VA

Thinking of making last-minute travel plans to attend the PETS+ Wellness Summit? Friday, Sept. 20, is the last day to get the conference rate at the Lowes Chicago O’Hare Hotel. Get more info about the summit.

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Tinder-Like Dog App Acquired

The new owner of Tindog plans to change its focus.

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GARDENA, CA — Innovet Pet announced that it has acquired Tindog.co, an app that helps dog owners expand their social circle and find new friends.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The company plans to redirect the website’s goal by “placing a much greater focus on its healthy living features and how to have a healthy active lifestyle with dogs in all environments,” according to a press release.

Tindog “experienced a burst of popularity in 2015 as an app that connected dogs and their owners to others to build new friendships and even make love connections,” the release notes. “In a similar fashion to Tinder’s swipe right/left design, owners could create a short profile for their dog that included their age, sex, and a picture of them.”

Innovet Pet says that in changing Tindog’s focus, the website will no longer be used to help dogs find their new park friend. Instead, Tindog will be a website that focuses on providing online access to health services, such as living with a psychological disability.

“You can feel the excitement in the room,” says co-founder Dave Louvet. “This is a big step for our company because it opens a major facet in the way we operate.

“By redirecting Tindog’s focus to providing online access to living a healthy life physically and mentally with your pet, we are building a closer bond between our customers, their pets, and us. It furthers our goal of transparency, it furthers our goal in proving complete health to our customers, and it furthers our goal to show we care.”

Upon its relaunch, Tindog.co will offer tools and information to pet owners who want to embark on a healthier life for both themselves and their pets, from small motivational tips to complete health guides. Tindog will relaunch by the first week of October, according to Innovet Pet.

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Another State Targets Bogus Service Animal Claims

States that have already cracked down include Arizona and Alabama.

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Proposed legislation in Massachusetts targets people who falsely claim their pet is a service dog in order to get special treatment.

State Rep. Kimberly Ferguson says some people are using the ploy so they can bring their dog into restaurants and other places where they normally aren’t allowed, the Boston Herald reports.

Breaking the proposed law would be a civil infraction. Penalties would include a fine up to $500 and a community service sentence of up to 30 hours.

The bill was recently heard by the judicial committee, the Herald reports.

Other states that have cracked down on fake service animals include Arizona and Alabama.

Read more at the Boston Herald

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