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A recent Associated poll revealed that although many pet owners believe adopting a pet from a shelter is considered morally responsible, most people have a pet enter their lives via gifting or taking in a stray.

1,118 consumers were polled in the survey, with 44 percent revealing they purchased at least one of their pets from either a pet store or breeder, and another 43 percent sharing that at least one of their pets was given to them by a friend or family member.

Approximately one-quarter of those in the survey revealed their belief that animal shelters should sometimes use euthanasia as a method of animal population control.

In the survey, 71 percent of participants shared that animal shelters should be allowed to euthanize an animal only if the pet is deemed too sick or aggressive to be adopted.

Approximately 36 percent of respondents believed that shelter animals were more likely to have received vet care than those purchased from a breeder or pet store. Another 36 percent revealed they are either very concerned or extremely concerned about their pets’ unknown medical problems.

The Poll was conducted Oct. 13-17, 2011, by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communications. It involved landline and cell phone interviews with 1,118 pet owners. Results among pet owners have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

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