(STACKER) – When looking at the makeup of American families today, it’s rare to see a home where a pet isn’t part of the family. According to the most recent data from the APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 67% of households—or around 85 million homes—own a pet. Of these households, dogs and cats top the list of most popular pets, with 63.4 million and 42.7 million households owning dogs and cats, respectively.

In exploring the history of animal shelters and rescue organizations in the country, nothing proves as problematic as the lack of a centralized reporting system to collect data on these organizations. Most of the shelter statistics that are available and accepted today are estimates based on several period surveys, including the aforementioned APPA National Pet Owners Survey along with the AVMA U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook. Without a nationally codified and streamlined process for collecting, organizing, and reporting on shelter data, there has been a grave lack of transparency around the country’s shelters. That makes it difficult not only to pinpoint accurate statistics regarding sheltered animals in America but also to understand the true state of animal welfare in the country, which is the first step to improving that welfare.

If you’ve been considering bringing home a furry companion, be sure to keep reading. Stacker compiled a list of dogs available for adoption in Hartford, Connecticut on Petfinder, ranging in age, breed composition, temperament, and needs. It’s important to note that pet adoption is a huge responsibility and requires available savings for emergency and routine veterinary care, a day-to-day routine and game plan for coverage if the pup needs to be left at home during the day (i.e. hiring a dog walker), and time and attention devoted to training your newest family member. Be sure to do due diligence on breed research to see what kind of dog will be the best fit for your lifestyle.

Without further ado, here are adoptable dogs in your home city.

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Ellie

– Gender: Female
– Age: Adult
– Breed: American Bulldog (mixed)
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Moose

– Gender: Male
– Age: Adult
– Breed: Boxer (mixed)
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Noel and Chuy

– Gender: Male
– Age: Adult
– Breed: Miniature Poodle
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Chuy

– Gender: Male
– Age: Adult
– Breed: Miniature Poodle
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Nicholas

– Gender: Male
– Age: Young
– Breed: Terrier, Labrador Retriever (mixed)
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Buddy

– Gender: Male
– Age: Adult
– Breed: Black Mouth Cur (mixed)
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Noel

– Gender: Male
– Age: Adult
– Breed: Miniature Poodle
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~sweet Bentley~

– Gender: Male
– Age: Adult
– Breed: Pit Bull Terrier
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~amazing WallE~

– Gender: Male
– Age: Adult
– Breed: American Bully
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Tisha

– Gender: Female
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Labrador Retriever, Basset Hound (mixed)
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Jena

– Gender: Female
– Age: Young
– Breed: Labrador Retriever, Mixed Breed (mixed)
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Nick

– Gender: Male
– Age: Young
– Breed: Labrador Retriever, Mixed Breed (mixed)
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Nellie

– Gender: Female
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Labrador Retriever, Redbone Coonhound (mixed)
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Dumas City

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Black Mouth Cur
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North

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Terrier
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Triscuit

– Gender: Female
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Border Terrier
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Tortilla

– Gender: Female
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Border Terrier
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Taki

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Border Terrier
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Ava

– Gender: Female
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Labrador Retriever
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axel

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Labrador Retriever
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aurora

– Gender: Female
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Labrador Retriever
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Jamie

– Gender: Female
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Border Collie
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Jasper

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Border Collie
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Jordon

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Border Collie
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Jessie

– Gender: Female
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Border Collie
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Jennifer

– Gender: Female
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Border Collie
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Jasmine

– Gender: Female
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Border Collie
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Jewels

– Gender: Female
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Border Collie
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Chewie

– Gender: Male
– Age: Adult
– Breed: Terrier (mixed)
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~Hansel and Gretel~

– Gender: Female
– Age: Young
– Breed: Miniature Schnauzer, Yorkshire Terrier (mixed)
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Amber

– Gender: Female
– Age: Adult
– Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier, Mixed Breed (mixed)
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Frosty

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Mixed Breed (mixed)
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Champagne

– Gender: Female
– Age: Adult
– Breed: Golden Retriever, Standard Poodle (mixed)
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Domino

– Gender: Female
– Age: Young
– Breed: Black Labrador Retriever, Mixed Breed (mixed)
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Tony

– Gender: Male
– Age: Young
– Breed: Black Labrador Retriever, Mixed Breed (mixed)
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Toby

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Husky
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Alex

– Gender: Male
– Age: Young
– Breed: Labrador Retriever, Jack Russell Terrier (mixed)
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Bernie

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Terrier, Mixed Breed (mixed)
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Princess

– Gender: Female
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Terrier, Mixed Breed (mixed)
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Pinto

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Terrier, Mixed Breed (mixed)
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Of the 7.6 companion animals who end up in U.S. shelters each year, 3.4 million are cats. Also annually, 2.7 million animals are euthanized in shelters; 1.4 million of them are cats. With an estimated 3,500 physical shelter locations around the country, odds are good you’re within close proximity to a shelter with cats looking for a home.

Stacker compiled a list of cats available for adoption in Hartford on Petfinder, ranging in age, breed composition, temperament, and needs. Be sure to do your research on any cat you’re interested in taking home to ensure a good fit with your own lifestyle to ensure the animal you select will be enjoying a forever home with you.

Keep reading to meet some amazing felines available for adoption in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Rupert

– Gender: Male
– Age: Adult
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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~Harlow and Henry~

– Gender: Female
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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~smudge~

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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Bartleby

– Gender: Male
– Age: Young
– Breed: Tuxedo, Domestic Short Hair (mixed)
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BamBam

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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Muffin and Clover

– Gender: Female
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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Salem and Blackberry

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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Mama Kayla

– Gender: Female
– Age: Young
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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Tigger

– Gender: Female
– Age: Adult
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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Meredith

– Gender: Female
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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Torres

– Gender: Female
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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Yang

– Gender: Female
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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O’Malley

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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Stunner

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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Augie

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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Bunty

– Gender: Female
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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Queenie

– Gender: Female
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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Kowalski

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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Albus

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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Moi

– Gender: Female
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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Wilma

– Gender: Female
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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Daffy

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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Hickory

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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Myers

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Medium Hair
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West

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Medium Hair
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Krueger

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Medium Hair
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Candyman

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Medium Hair
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Voorhees

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Medium Hair
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Magic, Shirley & Fonzie

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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Lucky & MiniMe

– Gender: Female
– Age: Young
– Breed: Domestic Short Hair
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