Petfinder.com used its database -- the largest available source of information on adoptable pets in North America -- to compile a list of the most popular pet names of 2011. From information on 360,000 animals in need of permanent homes, they identified the most common names for dogs and for cats, as well as handpicking the most unusual pet names of the year and best celebrity name-alikes for 2011.
2011 Top Ten Most Popular Dog Names
2011 Top Ten Most Popular Cat Names
2011 Most Unusual Adoptable Pet Names
1. Dodgy Wodgy Schnookum Doodle
2. Polly Picklepuss
4. Iben Hooked
5. Blue Sparkles McGillicutty
6. Killer the Dog-Dominating Declawed Cat
8. Fluff Dog Millionaire
9. Jimmy Chews
2011's Best Celebrity-Inspired Adoptable-Pet Names
1. Barry Meow-nilow
2. Katy Purry
3. Ally McBeagle
4. Brad the Pit
5. Rascal Catts
6. Ringo Starr
7. Cindy Clawford
8. Cindy Dogford
9. Vera Fang
10. Lady Gaga
What if you fall in love with an adoptable dog (or cat, or snake, or gerbil) on Petfinder.com but can’t imagine calling it Dodgy Wodgy Schnookum Doodle? According to Betsy Banks Saul, co-founder of Petfinder, "Animal behaviorists tell us it's okay to change their names. Here's how: Add their new name to their old name for a few weeks, then gradually phase out the old one." No matter what you choose to call it, your shelter pet will be grateful for a forever home!
For more tips on renaming your adopted pet, see: http://www.petfinder.com/after-pet-adoption/changing-dog-name.html.
To find an adoptable pet near you, see: http://www.petfinder.com/pet-adoption.
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