More than 72 million households in America own a pet, according to the American Humane Association, but somewhere between 5 to 8 million dogs and cats enter shelters annually. The top reasons people reported for giving up their pets? Moving, landlord issues, cost of pet care, allergies and house soiling.
While only about 25 percent of shelter dogs are purebred, certain breeds are more likely to end up in shelters due to overbreeding or behavioral issues. Mom.me used Petfinder data (which is self-reported and updated daily) to compile the following list of breeds you can commonly find in a shelter. Why buy when you can adopt?
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