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Majority of Americans Own Pets, Poll Finds

majority of americans own petsAccording to a Harris Poll conducted in May, 62 percent of Americans own at least one pet. Pet owners break out into the following categories:

  • 69 percent own dogs
  • 51 percent own cats
  • 11 percent own fish
  • 7 percent own birds
  • 8 percent own some other type of pet

Almost 40 percent of dog owners have more than one dog, and over half of cat owners have multi-cat households.

The vast majority of pet owners – over 90 percent – consider their pets members of the family.

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