Dogs have always been a popular pet adoption site, and the latest data from pet adoption websites suggests that’s no longer the case.
Pet Adoption Network’s (PAN) Pet Adoptions & Cat Adoptions Report 2017 reveals that pet adoption and cat adoption have risen sharply in recent years.
The report found that the average number of adoption transactions per week rose by 23 per cent over the past year.
PAN’s CEO, David Janson, said that while the numbers had not kept up with the increase in pet adoption, the growth had been strong.
“We’re seeing a surge in the number of transactions per day, and that’s a good sign,” he said.
PAN’s Pet Admissions & Cat Applications report also found that dog and cat adoptions are more popular with people of different ages, with younger people and those with disabilities seeing a significant increase in adoption. “
So there’s definitely been a trend over the last year or so, which has been encouraging for us.
PAN’s Pet Admissions & Cat Applications report also found that dog and cat adoptions are more popular with people of different ages, with younger people and those with disabilities seeing a significant increase in adoption.
A growing proportion of dog adoptions in the past 12 months have been to younger adults, with the number with a disability falling by 22 per cent to 761,000, PAN found.
And while the number adoption transactions are up, adoption numbers for cats have remained flat over the same period.
PANs CEO, Janson said the numbers were still rising, but not as much as in previous years.
It’s also worth noting that while cat adoptations are up a lot in value compared to dogs, the value of pet adoptations has been on the decline for years, PANs report found.
The total number of adoptions fell by more than $500 million in the last 12 months, and PAN said the total number adopted has been declining for the past three years.
PANS chief executive David Jansen said the data showed a trend that needed to be addressed.
He said that people were moving towards pet adoption as an alternative to having their pet euthanased, or as a way of ensuring they can keep a pet forever.
Mr Janson also said there was no reason to think the number and value of pets would continue to fall, as there was “a growing interest in adopting them for a variety of reasons”.