More than half of single men and women think it's attractive to adopt a pet from a shelter, according to "The Truth about Pets and Dating" report.

The survey of 1,000 singles was conducted by PetSmart Charities and The results reveal what men and women think about singles with cats and dogs — including whether cat people and dog people can truly make a love connection.

"This survey has confirmed that pets play a significant role in making or breaking a relationship," Todd Cramer, senior programs manager, PetSmart Charities, said in a news release.

Check out some highlights from the survey's findings below.

  • 66 percent of men and women would not date someone who didn't like pets.
  • 27 percent of women find photos of pets in an online dating profile a turn-on.
  • 70 percent of singles think their dates' reaction to their pet is important.
  • 35 percent of single women have been more attracted to someone because of their pet.
  • 72 percent of single women say that a dog is the "hottest pet a guy could own."
  • 28 percent of single men would be turned off if a woman's pet could fit in her handbag.
  • 66 percent of dog owners would date cat people vs. 97 percent of cat owners who would date dog people.
Are you single and looking to meet a fellow pet lover? If so, you can attend one of the pet-friendly mixers hosted by PetSmart Charities and

The meet-ups kick off on June 1 in Dallas, and will be held in several other cities, including Philadelphia, Chicago and Vancouver.

The events are intended to provide single pet-loving men and women with opporunities to meet in person, and the mixers will include local food trucks and appearances by professional pet trainers.

Check out the survey's full findings in the infographic below.

pets and dating infographic

Laura Moss writes about a variety of topics with a focus on animals, science, language and culture. But she mostly writes about cats.

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