Furry Families: Facts About Pet Owners

These facts about pet owners gives you plenty of reasons to consider the value of becoming a pet owner.

| November/December 2003

  • These facts about pet owners may surprise you.
    These facts about pet owners may surprise you.
    Photo By Mother Earth Living staff

  • These facts about pet owners may surprise you.

Learn these fascinating facts about pet owners.

More often than not, cats and dogs become members of the family—and for good reason. Pets provide companionship and encourage exercise, and humans stay healthier when they give and receive ­unconditional love from a four-footed friend.

Facts About Pet Owners

68 million
Number of dogs living in American homes

73 million
Number of cats living in American homes



4 million
Dogs and cats adopted annually from animal shelters (Humane Society)

94%
Pet owners who talk to their pets as if they’re human (CSU-Hayward/Univ. of Pennsylvania study)



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