Pet Ownership Statistics

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Pet Ownership Statistics

Pet owners form a collective community focused on one thing: the health and safety of their animal friends. There is a strong bond between people who fall into this category, and it’s fun to see how others became so involved in pet ownership.

Here are some recent statistics reported by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the American Veterinary Medical Association:

  • About 70 to 80 million dogs and 74 to 96 million cats are owned in the United States. Up to 47 percent of all households in the United States have a dog, and up to 37 percent have a cat.
  • Approximately 40 percent of pet owners learned about their pet through word of mouth.
  • The majority of pets are obtained from acquaintances and family members. About 28 percent of dogs are purchased from breeders, and 29 percent of cats and dogs are adopted from shelters and rescues.
  • More than 35 percent of cats are acquired as strays.
  • The most common reasons why people relinquish or give away their dogs is because their place of residence does not allow pets (29 percent). The most common reasons for cats are that they were not allowed in the residence (21 percent) and allergies (11 percent).
  • The average number of litters a fertile cat produces is one to two a year; the average number of kittens is four to six per litter.
  • The average number of litters a fertile dog produces is one a year; the average number of puppies is four to six.
  • Only 10 percent of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered, while 83 percent of pet dogs and 91 percent of pet cats are spayed or neutered.
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