The Numbers Behind the Need for Dog Adoptions

According to ASPCA statistics, approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs.

Of all those dogs entering shelters, approximately 35% are adopted, 31% are euthanized, and 26% of dogs who came in as strays are returned to their owners.

So if you’re looking for a dog to add to your family, why not consider adopting a dog?! Head over to your local shelter or check out PetFinder. Did you know you can search for specific breeds on PetFinder? It’s true.

Here are the top 10 searched dog breeds on PetFinder (as of February 2016):

  1. Poodle
  2. German Shepherd
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. Labrador Retriever
  5. Dachshund
  6. Shih Tzu
  7. Yorkie
  8. Australian Shepherd
  9. Chihuahua
  10. Boxer

Without further ado, here’s the infographic from Orvis!

Pet Adoption: The Numbers Behind the Need

Pet Adoption: The Numbers Behind the Need: Developed by Orvis.


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Owner of PetsBlogs and life-time animal lover, Lisa has been fond of all kinds of animals for as long as she can remember. She has 4 dogs and 3 horses in her current menagerie.


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