20 Pet Facts & Statistics Everyone Should Know

From scientific studies to psychological reports, these statistics will demonstrate everything that you need to know about pets and ownership. Whether you want to know how pets really make us feel or the most owned pet in the world, we’ve got you.

Do pets make you happier? 

The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology reports that pets provide owners with a lot of support, and can in fact make you happier. In a study conducted by McConnell et al, the results showed that pet owners seemed more content and fulfilled within their lives by having the additional support from their pet. 

Pets tend to require physical exercise, and for many this can encourage owners to focus on their own personal health, relieving some of depression and anxiety, and overall leaves the owner feeling less lonely and more energized. 

What percentage of people have pets?

In a survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), in the U.S. 67% of households own a pet. That is approximately 85 million families! Globally, around 57% of the world’s population own a pet. 

How much has pet ownership increased?

From 2016 to 2020, there has been an average of a 24.2% increase in pet ownership. This number perhaps is reflected by the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic affecting from 2019 to the present.

How many pets were adopted in 2020 during the pandemic?

It’s not surprising that pet ownership surged in 2020. As many were left unemployed and unable to see their loved ones, pet ownership dramatically increased. 

Especially for pets like cats and dogs who are seen as the perfect companion, pets were seen as a lifeline to keep people company during unprecedented times.

During the pandemic, shelters that often struggled to house stray pets seemed to be relieved of these duties, although it’s dependent on location. Especially in the UK, there were so many pet adoptions that at times, the shelters were empty! 

However, in the US, there was a 17% decrease in pet adoptions from shelters and rescue centers during the pandemic. 

Are homes with pets happier?

According to a poll in 2015, 95% of pet owners saw pets as a part of their family and overall, homes with pets seem happier.

In some cases, pets can be a form of therapy and can improve both mental and physical health, as well as positively impacting individuals with other disorders.

For example, a Professor of Human-Animal Interaction, Maggie O’Haire Purdue, indicates how children with additional needs such as autism interact better with others after petting an animal. 

Do pet owners live longer?

While it can’t always be determined if pet owners will outlive non-pet owners, some studies show that owning a pet definitely reduces risks. 

According to American Heart Association, those who own dogs are less likely to die from causes like a stroke or a heart attack in comparison to non-dog owners. 

Not only do dogs improve physical health, but they can boost the production of hormones like serotonin, oxytocin, and dopamine and so, in a lot of cases, dog owners may live longer!

What is the most owned pet?

This is not entirely surprising, but the most owned pet worldwide are dogs, scientifically known as Canis Lupus Familiaris. Approximately 471 million dogs are owned worldwide, totaling 33%.

What is the least popular pet in the world?

It’s hard to determine what the least popular pet in the world is, as owners will keep almost any animal as one.

However, the rarest pets include foxes, sugar gliders, skunks, pygmy goats, chinchillas, and degus. 

What do pet owners spend the most money on?

Pets require a lot of health checks and vet bills can pile up one by one, but surprisingly, it’s food that pet owners spend the most on. According to the American Pet Products Association’s 2019-20 survey, Americans spent a massive $95.7 billion on food for their pets.

Is the pet industry growing?

From 2019 to 2020, the US pet industry grew by approximately $1.5 billion. 

In 2020, the US pet industry reached an estimation of $99 billion, and it’s expected to continue growing over the years.

How much do Millennials spend on pets?

Especially during the pandemic, millennials have reported spending more on their pets. Owning a pet can cost anywhere from $650 to $2,295 annually, but 47% claim that they’ve spent over the average and have spent nearly $3,500 on their pets.

How many animals are mistreated every year?

Many cases of abuse are left unreported and so statistics may not always be accurate, however, every year, there are more and more reports of domestic abuse against animals. Despite the positive effects of pets during a pandemic, many were also mistreated. 

Unfortunately, more than 100 million animals are mistreated by their owners yearly, and nearly 1 million are killed as a result.

How many pets have been adopted?

In the U.S, it’s estimated that 6.5 million animals enter animal shelters every year, and approximately 3.2 million of these animals are adopted each year. 

What is the longest living pet?

The longest living pet is thought to be the tortoise. Their life expectancy is between 50 and 90 years. 

Do pets add years to your life?

Pets, especially dogs, can add years to your life. As they require both physical and mental stimulation from their owners, it can help to expand the owner’s lifespan.

What is the number 1 pet in America?

Dogs are the most popular animal worldwide and in America. Nearly 50 million households in the U.S. own a dog, and each owner on average has 1.7 dogs.

Who owns the most pets in the world?

In Ontario, Lynea Lattanzio won the Guinness World Record for having the highest number of cats, owning over 1,000!

What country has the least pets?

Overall, the countries with the lowest pet ownership are Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, and Egypt, although, in the Netherlands, they have no stray dogs!

Which country has the highest pet ownership?

Around the world, Latin countries like Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico have the highest percentage of pet ownership, with Brazil coming in the top with a total of 35.8 million.

What is the most annoying pet?

Although it depends on what you class as ‘annoying’, many people get frustrated by goldfish – their tanks take up a lot of room and they don’t actually do much.