— The state that has been a top dog-adoption destination for years is making a comeback, as adoption of a dog by a retired veterinarian from California’s Golden Gate Park has become the fastest-growing dog adoption destination in the U.S.
A study released Wednesday by the American Veterinary Medical Association found that California ranks fifth in the nation for dog adoption rates and fourth in the United States for dog-to-dog adoptions.
The study also found that the state’s dog-ownership rate was the highest in the country.
The study, conducted by the Association of Pet Adoption Centers, looked at dog adoptions between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2018, and determined that California had a dog-related adoption rate of 6.7% for dogs and 5.9% for cats.
The state ranked No. 1 for the first time, according to the study.
Dog-related adoptions were up by 3.5% from a year earlier and were up 15.9%, from a low of 6,821 dogs in 2015.
The association found that pet owners who live in areas with large dog populations are more likely to adopt a dog.
It also found the state is home to the highest number of dog adoptments of any state.
The survey of 1,400 pet owners across the state showed a median household income of $58,700 and the median household size of about 18.
Dog owners who own at least one dog are less likely to be the primary caregivers for their pets.
Pet-owner adoption rates in California reached record levels in the mid-1980s.
By the mid 1990s, the state had the second-highest adoption rate after Texas.