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Pet ownership statistics show ownership levels have reached new highs during the past couple of years.

A 2021-2022 survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) found that 70% of households own a pet.

Among the 70%, there are 69 million U.S. households that own a dog compared to 45.3 million households that own a cat.

Consider these other statistics around pet ownership, too:

  • Pet ownership continues to increase. 56% of households owned a pet in 1988 compared to the current 70% rate.
  • Expenses for pet products, care and services grew to over $103 billion in 2020, compared to $97 billion in 2019.
  • During the pandemic, about 30% of Americans adopted at least one pet.
  • While over 3 million pets enter shelters each year, around 4.1 million pets are adopted. This includes 2 million dogs and about 2.1 million cats.
  • Black cats experience the lowest adoption rates among cats.