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where people get their pets

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So where do people get their pets? We asked the pet owners in our survey where they found their pet, and learned that the most common sources of pets were pet shops (20%), animal shelters (14%), sources recommended by family and friends (14%), breeders (13%), newspaper advertisements (8%) and internet research (6%).

The majority of owners experienced little difficulty in obtaining their dog or cat; however, 12% of dog owners and 5% of cat owners indicated that it was a difficult process. In most instances, this was because they had to travel a long distance to get the pet or the breed wasn’t easily available.