When it comes to dogs, it’s always better to adopt a new one, according to a study by the Center for the Study of Adoption at the University of Georgia.
The center’s findings, published this week in the journal Adoption Science, found that dogs and cats with intact paws and no previous owners had an 83 percent greater chance of adoption after their first year in the home.
The study was done by the center’s team of adoption researchers, and they looked at a sample of over 1,000 dogs and found that a dog adopted from a shelter with a history of violence or abuse was four times more likely to become adopted if the person adopted it had a history.
The findings also showed that when a new dog was adopted, it had less behavioral problems and was more likely than a dog not adopted from the shelter to become rehomed after two years.
The study also looked at the impact of adopting a dog with a litter of three, and found it was a more effective way to prevent rehoming after two-and-a-half years.
“The study shows that it’s better to go for a new puppy than a new cat,” said lead author Dr. Matthew B. Gage, a professor of animal science and behavioral biology.
“It’s also better to take a puppy that is adopted from an animal shelter than one that is just adopted out of a shelter.
That’s probably why so many people do.”
Gage said adopting from an shelter is the safest option because you have control over your new companion.
“You know what you are getting,” he said.
“We know it’s a safer and more humane approach to adoption.”
The Center for Adoption Research is funded by the National Institute of Health.