By AFOP, Aug 10 2012 12:13AM
By AFOP, August 10th 2012
The number of pet owners in the U.S. declined last year by 2.4% compared with pet ownership in 2006, according to a new study. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has revealed that 36.5% of Americans own dogs with 70 million dogs total, down by 2 million since 2006. Cats remained the most popular pet choice in the U.S. with 74.1 million in 30.4% of homes, down by 8 million compared with 2006. The number of pets of all kinds has been steadily increasing since 1986, according to AVMA, but between 2006-2011 pet ownership began to decline.
The AVMA based the findings on a 2012 survey of 50,000 households, which is conducted every 5 years to assess pet ownership changes. The results highlighted the highest drop in pet populations since 1991, with economic problems, high prices for pet care and demographic changes in households responsible for the drop.
The research also revealed that human-animal bonds are stronger than ever with pet owners spending more and more money to care for their beloved companions. Dog owners spent $19.1 billion on medical services for their pets in 2011 and $7.4 billion was spent on cat veterinary medical care. Compared with 2006 statistics, spending on dogs healthcare rose by 18.6% while spending on cats rose by 4.2%.
Despite so many dogs and cats having loving homes, every year in the U.S. there is a growing problem with overpopulations of pets in animal shelters. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that 6-8 million cats and dogs enter shelters each year with 3-4 million being euthanized because they are unable to find a home. All of these animals require a chance at life, to have a loving home and enjoy the rest of their days in a happy and stress-free environment. If you are able to provide a home for a dog or cat, please consider adopting and changing a life today.
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