Help us spread the word about the life-changing 
experience of adoption.

Over 6.5 million animals enter U.S. shelters every year.
Only about half get adopted.

As providers of food and affection for pets, PEDIGREE® is committed to helping every animal find a loving family. That’s why we’ve already donated $850,000 to shelters in 2019. You can help more dogs find their forever homes by donating to the PEDIGREE® Foundation, or adopting a new best friend.


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Katherine Schwarzenegger and dog

Katherine Schwarzenegger knows how different her life would’ve been if she hadn’t rescued her dog Maverick. Listen as she interviews her friends and reveals the heart-warming stories of the dogs that stole their hearts, brought out the best in them and changed their worlds forever.

Katherine is a New York Times best-selling author, lifestyle blogger, philanthropist and pet adoption advocate.

Mandy Moore

Actress and singer Mandy Moore joins Katherine to talk about the challenges of owning a puppy, the adorable personalities of all of her animals, and how her pets have gotten her through tough moments in her life.

Bryce Dallas Howard

In this episode, actress and director Bryce Dallas Howard joins Katherine to discuss her love for animals – starting from childhood, the lessons her dogs have taught her and the heroic effort from one of her dogs that saved her little brother.

Dan Lasko

United States Marine Corps veteran featured in a previous PEDIGREE® brand commercial, Dan Lasko, talks with Katherine about how a service dog helped him re-adjust when coming home and how he’s paying it back with a house full of adopted pups.

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Katherine Schwarzenegger

Haylie Duff

Actress, singer and television host Haylie Duff talks with Katherine about her love for rescuing dogs, funny moments when introducing her pups to her baby and how her daughter is learning about pet adoption.

Minka Kelly

Actress Minka Kelly discusses with Katherine the passing of her beloved dog, finding a new pup to join her life and the compassion that dogs provide every day.

Julianne Hough

Dancer, actress and singer, Julianne Hough joins Katherine to talk about her house full of dogs and how adopting dogs at different stages in her life has impacted her relationships with them.

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Deb Fair

Executive Director of PEDIGREE® Foundation, Deb Fair talks with Katherine about raising her three Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, dressing them up for holidays and tips for bringing a new dog home.

LeAnn Rimes

Singer, actress and author, LeAnn Rimes talks to Katherine about her love for adopting dogs (once owning seven dogs at one time!), the relationships of her pets and the recent adoption of her family’s new dog, Fleetwood.

Judy Fridono

Judy Fridono, Owner of Ricochet – the surfing therapy dog and star of the new IMAX® film, Superpower Dogs – talks with Katherine about therapy and service dogs, Ricochet’s remarkable journey and the amazing abilities of all dogs.

The Program

When in-person adoption visits started to decline due to COVID-19, the PEDIGREE® brand partnered with shelters around the country to find a solution. We called it Dogs on Zoom. By setting up video chat meetings between shelters and potential pet parents, we helped make more adoptions possible.

Download our Dogs on Zoom Toolkit to learn how to create a video adoption session of your own.

The 6 Most Common Dogs in Animal Shelters — And Why You Should Consider Taking Them Home

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Common dog breeds found in animal shelters

With all the love and loyalty dogs give us, PEDIGREE® is a huge supporter of animal adoption. In our work with shelters around the world, we’ve noticed certain dog breeds are found there more than others. This is often a result of unfair breed stereotypes, overbreeding popular dogs or dogs requiring higher amounts of care than anticipated.

We want to speak out on behalf of these animals — what might not be right for one owner could be the dog of a lifetime for another, like you!

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Six Common Dog Breeds in Shelters

Let’s take a look at some of these dog breeds often in search of a forever home.

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Pit Bulls

Pit bulls are long misunderstood for their athleticism, which, sadly, often makes them targets of abuse and gives them a reputation for being dangerous. In reality, they’re quite patient, fun-loving and wonderful around children. Their tenacity and courage also make them very receptive to training.

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Labrador Retrievers

This is America’s most popular dog, which, at times, leads to overbreeding by irresponsible breeders. It’s unfortunate because they’re loyal and loving, with more than enough attention to give to an entire family. Plus, they really love playing in the water.

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German Shepherds

A very popular large dog and often another victim of overbreeding, German shepherds are loyal, confident, smart and easy to train. They’re usually easygoing but can be protective when threatened, making them excellent watchdogs.

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Did you know these adorable “wiener dogs” were originally bred in Germany to hunt badgers? That’s why they can have such strong and stubborn personalities despite their small size. They’re also very clever, loyal to their owners and excellent snugglers.

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While adorable and loving, this breed does often have a nervous personality, which can cause them to bark or snap at strangers. Chihuahuas can be alert and wary of strangers at first, but loyal and good family pets if treated properly. Their petite size makes them perfect companions for people in smaller homes or apartments.

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These strong, athletic dogs can be excitable, so they may require more exercise and attention than some owners are prepared to give. Boxers are awfully sweet and playful and love to stay busy. If you’re looking for a furry workout partner, this may be it.

Finding Your Furry Soulmate

Remember that these characteristics are just a starting point when picking a dog breed, and many shelter dogs may be a mix of several breeds. Every shelter dog has their own unique personality and temperament, so it’s important to spend some time getting to know each other at the shelter before bringing them to their forever home.

If you’d like to learn more about pet adoption and what to expect, you can find tons of helpful articles and resources at

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