According to the American Pet Products Association's 2011/2012 National Pet Owners Survey, the United States now has a record number of dog owners.
APPA's survey found that the total number of dog-owning households in the US increased 1.5% to 46.3 million households, up from 45.6 million in 2008. In addition, the percentage of households owning multiple dogs is the highest number reported in more than a decade at 40%.
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.