When looking at the makeup of American families today, it’s rare to see a home where a pet is not part of the family. According to the most recent data from the APPA National Pet Owner Survey, 67% of households, or about 85 million households, own a pet. Among these households, dogs and cats top the list of most popular pets, with 63.4 million and 42.7 million households owning dogs and cats, respectively.
Exploring the history of animal shelters and rescue organizations across the country, nothing proves as problematic as the lack of a centralized reporting system to collect data on these organizations. Most of the shelter statistics available and accepted today are estimates based on several periodic surveys, including the aforementioned APPA National Pet Owner Survey as well as the AVMA US Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook. Without a nationally codified and streamlined process for collecting, organizing and reporting shelter data, there has been a serious lack of transparency around shelters across the country. This makes it difficult not only to identify precise statistics regarding animals housed in America, but also to understand the true state of animal welfare in the country, which is the first step in improving that welfare.
If you are planning on bringing home a furry companion, be sure to keep reading. Stacker has compiled a list of dogs available for adoption in Los Angeles on Petfinder, ranging by age, breed makeup, temperament and needs. It is important to note that adopting a pet is a huge responsibility and requires savings available for emergency and routine veterinary care, a daily routine, and a game plan for coverage if the puppy needs to be. being left at home during the day (i.e. hiring a dog walker), and the time and attention spent training your new family member. Be sure to do your due diligence in breed research to see which type of dog will best suit your lifestyle.
Without further ado, here are some adoptable dogs in your hometown.
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