The actual number of pet owning households is significantly higher than it was 20 years ago, as is the overall number of U. Both the number of pet owning households and those with multiple pets have contributed to the overall rise in total pet ownership. “Although the economy has been a major factor for many industries, the pet industry continues to see unprecedented growth and diversity.According to the Survey, there are more than 78 million dogs, 86.4 million cats, 151.1 million freshwater fish, 8.61 million saltwater fish, 16.2 million birds, 16 million small animals, 13 million reptiles and 7.9 million equines owned in the U. Approximately four-out-of-ten pet owning households in the U. The Survey reveals pet owners are willing to spend money on their pets despite a downturn in the economy,” said Bob Vetere, president of APPA.It seems as if we can't go for more than a month or two without somebody coming up with a new survey looking at the way that we feel about our dogs and the way we relate to them on a day-to-day basis.It is also the case that we are always encountering surveys that compare dog lovers to cat lovers, although it is unusual to find a survey which suggests that our pet preference may reflect what kind of human lovers we are in general.According to the American Pet Products Association’s (APPA) new 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey, the number of U. households that own a pet has increased by 2.1% to an all time high of 72.9 million.Since the inception of the APPA National Pet Owners Survey in 1988, dogs and cats have accounted for nearly three-quarters of all households that own a pet. While the actual number of households owning any type of pet has increased in the past 20 years, the proportion of ownership has remained relatively stable.Despite that setback, having a common interest such as pets can help the search for love. about one’s passion makes it feel like you are looking for a needle in a smaller and far more relevant and appealing haystack,” said Michal Ann Strahilevitz, a professor of marketing at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
The Humane Society said that adoption rates for shelter animals are low, and if animals can’t get adopted out, some shelters euthanize them to make space.
However we now have two new surveys which reflect on both of those issues.
The first survey was taken by Direct Line Pet Insurance and K9 Media.
“If you find somebody with the same lifestyle passion, you don’t have to start out at square one,” North said.
When Joanie Pelzer signed up with a dog-friendly online dating service a few years ago, she was honest about her Chihuahua — he likes people more than other dogs, craves attention, steals food and can’t stand to ride in the backseat of a car.