Pet Owner Statistics

Pet Ownership Statistics

Number of Households That Own a Pet Households
Dog 46,300,000
Cat 38,900,000
Freshwater Fish 11,900,000
Bird 5,700,000
Percent of households that own a pet 62 %
Total U.S. Pet Industry Expenditures Billions
2016 $62.75
2015 $60.28
2014 $58.04
2013 $52.87
2012 $52.87
2011 $50.96
2001 $28.5
1994 $17
Pet Care U.S. Billions  Sales
Pet Food $20.46
Supplies / OTC Medicine $12.56
Vet Care $13.59
Live Animal Purchases $2.15
Pet Service : Grooming & Boarding $4.11
Average Cost of Pet Ownership Annual Cost
Average annual cost of owning a dog $1,135
Average annual cost of owning a cat $792

Animal Shelter Statistics

Animal Shelter Statistics
Total number of nationwide animal shelters 5,000
Number of companion animals that enter into animal shelters nationwide annually 5 million
Average annual number of companion animals that are euthinized at shelters 3.5 million
Percent of dogs in animals shelters that are euthanized 60%
Percent of cats in animal shelters that are euthanized 70%
Percent of cats that are returned to their owners 2%
Percent of dogs returned to their owners 15%
Total percentage of dogs claimed to be spayed or neutered 78%
Total percentage of cats that are claimed to be spayed or neutered 88%
Total number of animals that end up in a shelter that are spayed or neutered 10%
Percent of dogs brought to shelters that were adopted by a shelter 20%
Percent of dogs and cats that are adopted from shelters 25%
Total number of dogs and cats that are bought at pet stores 6%
Percentage of people that get their pets free or at low cost 65%
Cost of taxpayer money annually to round up, house, kill and dispose of homeless animals $2 billion
Total percentage of dogs in shelters that are purebred 25%
Total percentage of U.S. homes who own at least 1 companion animal 63%
Total number of homes that own at least 1 companion animal 70 million

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