Monday, December 19, 2011

What's The Most Unusual Adoptable Pet Names of 2011 Announces Most Popular and Most Unusual Adoptable Pet Names of 2011

Move over Fido, Buddy is officially the new "top-dog" name. Today,, the largest online database of adoptable pets, announced its 2011 ranking of the most popular and most unusual names, with an extra category for TV and celebrity "name-a-likes." For the fifth year in a row, "Buddy" barks at the top as the most trending name for adoptable dogs in 2011, while "Lucy" once again proves to be the purrfect No. 1 choice for adoptable cats.

The top five most popular names for dogs have all remained the same this year, while cats are a different story: "Smokey" and "Charlie" sniffed their way up to No. 2 and No. 4, respectively, while "Midnight" jumped down to No. 10 after coming in No. 2 for adoptable felines last year. As people everywhere swarmed the theaters and the Twilight saga continued to unfold in 2011, the popularity of the name "Bella" for both adoptable dogs and cats has remained strong since 2010.

2011 Top 10 Most Popular Dog Names

2011 Top 10 Most Popular Cat Names

1.   Buddy (15,184)

1.   Lucy (4,195)

2.   Max (13,810)

2.   Smokey (4,105)

3.   Daisy (12,948)

3.   Bella (3,978)

4.   Bella (11,773)

4.   Charlie (3,752)

5.   Lucy (11,418)

5.   Tiger (3,735)

6.   Molly (11,049)

6.   Oreo (3,574)

7.   Charlie (10,607)

7.   Daisy (3,371)

8.   Jack (9,949)

8.   Molly (3,355)

9.   Sadie (9,232)

9.   Max (3,346)

10. Rocky (8,475)

10. Midnight (3,273)

Because they are just too cute to ignore, also handpicked the most unusual, wacky and celebrity-themed names of adoptable pets for 2011 from nearly 300 submissions by shelters and rescue groups across North America. This year's top creativity honors go to "Dodgy Wodgy Schnookum Doodle" and "Barry Meow-nilow."

2011 Most Unusual Adoptable Pet Names

2011 Best Celebrity Name-A-Likes

1.   Dodgy Wodgy Schnookum Doodle

1.   Barry Meow-nilow

2.   Polly Picklepuss

2.   Katy Purry

3.   Sukimayapoo

3.   Ally McBeagle

4.   Iben Hooked

4.   Brad the Pit

5.   Blue Sparkles McGillicutty

5.   Rascal Catts

6.   Killer the Dog Dominating Declawed Cat

6.   Ringo Starr

7.   Purr-etzle

7.   Cindy Clawford

8.   Fluff Dog Millionaire

8.   Cindy Dogford

9.   Jimmy Chews

9.   Vera Fang

10. Ishkabibble

10. Lady Gaga

"Everybody loves to have a Buddy, but many shelters and rescue groups give their adoptable pets creative names to help them stand out from the crowd," says Betsy Banks Saul, co-founder of Petfinder. "Their names can give a peek into their personalities. For instance, 'Killer the Dog Dominating Declawed Cat' speaks for itself. But if your new cat doesn't respond to his shelter-given name or you can't imagine yourself hollering for 'Polly Picklepuss' at the dog park, never fear. 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."

About is the largest online, searchable database of animals that need permanent homes. With more than 360,000 adoptable pets from over 13,600 animal shelters and rescue groups throughout the USA, Canada and Mexico, has facilitated more than 17 million adoptions since it was launched in 1996. In addition to being an adoption database, is an all-inclusive resource guide for how to select the right family pet and build a successful, life-long relationship. Thanks to its sponsors, the site is free to both visitors and to its animal placement organization members. Exclusive sponsors are BISSELL Homecare, Inc., a manufacturer of home cleaning and floor care products, PETCO, a national pet supply retailer that sponsors in-store adoptions and provides coupon books for new adopters, The Animal Rescue Site, PetFirst Healthcare, the exclusive pet insurance provider for, and Merial, maker of the number one veterinary-recommended flea and tick preventative FRONTLINE(r), and heartworm preventative HEARTGARD(r).


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