Michael Schaffer's book One Nation Under Dog explains the reasons why Americans find devotion to pets essential, according to a review from The Miami Herald .
He wrote that the US$43 billion-per-year US pet market is a dollars-and-cents representation of dog's evolution to a member of the family.
"Attachments to companion animals defy ordinary logic but conform perfectly to emotional logic," Schaffer said. "To talk about that attachment is to create common ground."
New shelter data casts doubt on whether the pet population and pet ownership are truly growing.
While the pandemic caused unprecedented suffering worldwide in 2020, the disruptions to dogs, cats and other pets adoption numbers may normalize in 2021.