Pet Adoptions State by State


Photograph: Courtesy Honest Paws

The number of pets adopted during the pandemic topped all records. But which states led in the adoption race? Honest Paws, a company that produces CBD products for cats and dogs, went to work to do the research and produced data showing which states had the most adoptions per 100 000 people and how the numbers changed from the pre-pandemic figures.

Highest total pet adoptions from shelters of all 50 states in 2020.

#1 California – 256,739

#2 Texas – 219,173

#3 Florida – 203,385

Highest total pet adoptions in each state per 100,000 people/against a state’s total population in 2020:

#1 Idaho – 1,706

#2 Colorado – 1,619

#3 Montana – 1,537

According to the Denver Post, the day the Denver Animal Shelter re-opened, every dog available was adopted, with lines forming halfway around the building. Pet adoptions continue to be competitive in Colorado even in 2021. 

Based on the percentage change in pet adoption rates between 2019 and 2020:

#1 New Hampshire – 35.24%

#2 South Dakota – 33.75%

#3 Massachusetts – 21.01%

You can read the full report here.



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