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The by-law amendments proposed by Vancouver City Council are regarded as a “good idea” by three-in-four Metro Vancouver residents.

Vancouver, BC – Most residents of Metro Vancouver think Vancouver City Council was right to put forward bylaw amendments to prohibit the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits in city pet stores, a new Insights West poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative sample, three-in-four Metro Vancouverites (74%) consider the plan outlined by Vancouver City Council as a “very good” or “good” idea, while 12% deem it a “bad” or “very bad” one.

More than a third of current pet owners in Metro Vancouver (35%) say they purchased their dog, cat or rabbit at a store, through a breeder or after reading an advertisement. A larger proportion (44%) reports having adopted their pet from a shelter, a rescue agency or a friend, while 8% received the pet as a gift.

Residents of Vancouver are more likely to say their current pets are adopted (47%) than those who live in Surrey (38%) or other municipalities across Metro Vancouver (41%).

Metro Vancouverites were asked how they would acquire a pet for their home, if they were thinking of doing so at this point. Almost two thirds (65%) say they would adopt the pet from a shelter, a rescue agency or a friend—a proportion that includes 73% of women, 69% of residents aged 18-to-34, and 69% of those who already have dogs, cats or rabbits in their home.

Only 13% of Metro Vancouverites say they would purchase their new pet at a store, through a breeder or after reading an advertisement.

“The survey shows that Metro Vancouver’s pet owners are moving away from pet shops and are becoming more interested in adoption,” says Steve Mossop, President of Insights West. “While more than a third of current pet owners bought their pet, only about one-in-eight would purchase the next one.”

Practically nine-in-ten pet owners in Metro Vancouver (89%) say their pet has been spayed or neutered.

About this Release:

Results are based on an online study conducted by Insights West from July 11 to July 14, 2017, among 635 adult residents of Metro Vancouver. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.9 percentage points for the entire sample, nineteen times out of twenty. View the detailed data tabulations.

For further information, please contact:

Steve Mossop
President, Insights West