Americans love their pets. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, nearly 57 percent of U.S. households own at least one pet. Pet ownership appears to be influencing home-buying decisions, too, with Realtor.com reporting that nearly 90 percent of pet-owning buyers said that their animals’ needs were important or very important in their home search process. A full 75 percent said they’d pass on their dream home if it didn’t meet their pets’ needs.
“It’s not terribly surprising that when pet owners are buying a home, their best friends get what they want,” says Danielle Hale, chief economist for Realtor.com. “If a home doesn’t meet the needs of their pets, those needs are non-negotiable for a lot of home buyers.”
In fact, many pet-owning home buyers credit their pets with influencing them to buy a home in the first place. A lack of pet-friendly rentals or exorbitant security deposits have forced many pet-owners to choose to buy rather than rent.
Consumers also ranked a garage, dog run, close proximity to outdoor space, and large square footage as important accommodations for their pets.
“The results of this survey reinforce that our pets are our family and an important part of what makes a house a home,” says Nate Johnson, chief marketing officer at realtor.com®.
Of the 2,000 survey respondents, dogs were the most common pet, followed by cats. But other pets also had an influence in real estate decisions, too, the survey found. For example, 89% of bird owners, 85% of fish owners, 80% of reptile owners, 79% of rodent owners, and 74% of horse owners indicated their pet would factor into their real estate decisions.
Where to Adopt Pet Pals Around Plano
Here are some YELP suggestions for adopting a new furry (or not furry) pal around the Plano area. We aren’t suggesting one place is better than another just giving some choices to start.
You can see the full list here.
1. Plano Animal Services 4028 W Plano Pkwy
“Without a doubt my favorite animal shelter I have been too. This place is clean and nice and the animals are well cared for. They also have plenty of staff and volunteers that it does not feel overwhelming even when you catch” more
2. Second Chance SPCA 1700 J Ave
“If you’re not familiar with this place, you definitely need to come check it out. They are a 501 3 C non-profit no-kill animal shelter. They rescue dogs and cats some City shelters right before they are to be euthanized. I could” more
3. Take Me Home Pet Rescue 561 W Campbell Rd. North Dallas
“I adopted one of our puppies from TMHPR, and I can’t say enough great things about them. I’ve been an independent street rescuer for a couple of years, and I can’t tell you the number of times I called and emailed dozens of rescue groups around the D/FW Metroplex to ask for assistance in placing a…” more
4. Operation Kindness 3201 Earhart Dr
Offers virtual consultations“ the Dallas animal shelter and we couldn’t believe we found him! The staff was super friendly and helpful in letting us meet him and as soon as he rounded the corner, we were sold! Tara helped us with the paperwork and was super” more
“ feel uneasy & like I was constantly being judged. (Rachel was her name.) Then she told me, “You would have better luck at the animal shelter.” What a horrible person!” more
6. Richardson Animal Shelter 1330 Columbia Dr
“I frequent this shelter because I bring donations like toys and food. As for a city animal shelter they are definitely doing the best the can with the resources they have avalible. They do care for the animals the best they can” more
7. Murphy Animal Shelter 203 Murphy Rd
“It’s small, but very new and clean. You can tell the animals are well cared for. I would call in advance if you’re unsure of their hours. Definitely worth visiting if you’re looking for a new pet :)” more
8. The Colony Animal Services4720 E Lake Highlands Dr
“ Super great staff! They make the adoption process so easy and quick!” more
9. Sachse Animal Shelter 6232A Hwy 78
“Through our years of living here in Sachse we have worked with the animal shelter and animal control a few times. It has always been a good experience, very professional but kind as well. Their first priority is the animals” more
10. Metro Paws Animal Rescue 13659 Preston Rd North Dallas
Offers virtual consultations Request a Virtual Consultation Responds in about 5 hours
11. Allen Animal Control 770 S Allen Heights Dr
“Very pleased with Allen Animal Shelter. I went for checking my lost kitty and they promptly created a file with pictures I sent with all the helpful information about the cat. They are very organized and friendly. The facility is very clean and the receptionist is very knowledgeable and courteous.” more
12. Becky’s Hope Horse Rescue 13100 Hwy 121
“I want to team up with Becky and rescue the horses that vultures apply Vaseline to the horses ears, blind them and let the Bulls attack them to death because they no longer horse race. Monsters” more
“The folks that volunteer with Moka’s basically dedicate all their free time saving dogs from being killed at the Collin County Animal Shelter. Anyone in the market for a dog or cat should check Moka’s or the shelter first. It’s” more
“Friday night we found two baby kittens. We found the first one on our driveway, and thought that was the only one. Because of the possums that run around our neighborhood, we took her in immediately. The mom was no where in sight. I called a 24 hour Vet Clinic, and they told us to get kitten…” more
15. Rowlett Animal Shelter 4402 Industrial St
“Everyone is very friendly and even though they arent as big as some other shelters (not that I would really know what the average size animal shelter is). I love that there is an area for the puppies to go and play making” more
16. Garland Pawsibilities 813 Main St
“After seeing the negative reviews, I thought this could possibly be an over reaction BUT, they turned out to be true. Good customer service requires helping out the customer and being professional. I’ve seen better Animal” more
17. SPCA of Texas 8411 Stacy Road/FM 720
“ possibly adopting, but her bad attitude was a turnoff. Operation Kindness, City of Richardson animal shelter and many others I’ve been to don’t keep people from being able to pet the animals and interact with them, I mean, that” moreRequest InformationResponds in about 3 days
18. DFW Labrador Retriever Rescue1Animal Shelters1216 Pioneer Ln“Be careful when dealing with these people, they are Labrador Nazis. I paid my application fee and submitted all information as requested. I was told I could not adopt a Lab from them as I could not show more then one current receipt for heartworm preventative on my current dog. We simply did not…” more
19. Feral Friends 13410 Preston RdNorth Dallas
“What can I say about Feral Friends? I hope there isn’t a limit in this box. This is a long story, but I think it needs to be told. Last year a cat was in front of my office building and she looked so thin, so… I bought some meat from the vendor in the building and fed her, she was very hungry…” more
20. Cat Matchers North Dallas
“Here Kitty Kitty! Everyone on Facebook saw my new kitty Polly. We named her Polly because she really wants to sit on your shoulder like a parrot. She is the absolute cutest kitten in the entire world and Cat Matchers is to blame for my lack of interest in anything that does not involve my…” more