(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 Huntsville, Alabama 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.

1 / 40Petfinder

TUCKER

– Gender: Male
– Age: Young
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

2 / 40Petfinder

MAUVE

– Gender: Female
– Age: Senior
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

3 / 40Petfinder

KING

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

4 / 40Petfinder

BRAHAM

– Gender: Male
– Age: Young
– Breed: Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler
– Read more on Petfinder

5 / 40Petfinder

Sparkler

– Gender: Male
– Age: Young
– Breed: Border Collie, Shepherd (mixed)
– Read more on Petfinder

6 / 40Petfinder

Bottle Rocket

– Gender: Male
– Age: Young
– Breed: Border Collie, Shepherd (mixed)
– Read more on Petfinder

7 / 40Petfinder

Spirit

– Gender: Female
– Age: Adult
– Breed: Catahoula Leopard Dog, Australian Shepherd (mixed)
– Read more on Petfinder

8 / 40Petfinder

Patriot

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Shepherd (mixed)
– Read more on Petfinder

9 / 40Petfinder

Honor

– Gender: Female
– Age: Young
– Breed: Border Collie (mixed)
– Read more on Petfinder

10 / 40Petfinder

MIDAS

– Gender: Male
– Age: Adult
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

11 / 40Petfinder

AIRI

– Gender: Male
– Age: Young
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

12 / 40Petfinder

MINDY

– Gender: Female
– Age: Young
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

13 / 40Petfinder

Speckles

– Gender: Female
– Age: Young
– Breed: Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler
– Read more on Petfinder

14 / 40Petfinder

Bon Jovi

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

15 / 40Petfinder

Joan Jett

– Gender: Female
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

16 / 40Petfinder

Bret Michaels

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

17 / 40Petfinder

Steve Perry

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

18 / 40Petfinder

KENNEDY

– Gender: Female
– Age: Young
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

19 / 40Petfinder

FRUIT LOOP

– Gender: Male
– Age: Adult
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

20 / 40Petfinder

SNOOP

– Gender: Male
– Age: Young
– Breed: German Shepherd Dog, Mixed Breed (mixed)
– Read more on Petfinder

21 / 40Petfinder

TILLSON

– Gender: Male
– Age: Adult
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

22 / 40Petfinder

Benson

– Gender: Male
– Age: Young
– Breed: Mixed Breed (mixed)
– Read more on Petfinder

23 / 40Petfinder

Dallas (Gurdy)

– Gender: Female
– Age: Adult
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

24 / 40Petfinder

Amy Farrah Fowler

– Gender: Female
– Age: Young
– Breed: Mixed Breed (mixed)
– Read more on Petfinder

25 / 40Petfinder

PARKS

– Gender: Male
– Age: Adult
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

26 / 40Petfinder

CAPTAIN

– Gender: Male
– Age: Adult
– Breed: Great Pyrenees, Mixed Breed (mixed)
– Read more on Petfinder

27 / 40Petfinder

SHORTY

– Gender: Female
– Age: Young
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

28 / 40Petfinder

TOPANGA

– Gender: Female
– Age: Adult
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

29 / 40Petfinder

KEYSTONE

– Gender: Male
– Age: Young
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

30 / 40Petfinder

Roxy

– Gender: Female
– Age: Young
– Breed: Labrador Retriever (mixed)
– Read more on Petfinder

31 / 40Petfinder

MOWGLI

– Gender: Male
– Age: Adult
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

32 / 40Petfinder

Ike

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Mixed Breed (mixed)
– Read more on Petfinder

33 / 40Petfinder

T.T.

– Gender: Female
– Age: Adult
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

34 / 40Petfinder

Chico

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

35 / 40Petfinder

Risa

– Gender: Female
– Age: Adult
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

36 / 40Petfinder

Alma

– Gender: Female
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

37 / 40Petfinder

Oso

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Mixed Breed
– Read more on Petfinder

38 / 40Petfinder

Gibson

– Gender: Male
– Age: Baby
– Breed: Mixed Breed (mixed)
– Read more on Petfinder

39 / 40Petfinder

Breeze

– Gender: Female
– Age: Young
– Breed: Hound (mixed)
– Read more on Petfinder

40 / 40Petfinder

Bubbles Morgan

– Gender: Female
– Age: Adult
– Breed: Mixed Breed (mixed)
– Read more on Petfinder

This article has been re-published in accordance with a CC BY-NC 4.0 License.