The pet adoption rate in Taiwan has increased to 75%, according to Taiwan City Animal Protection Office.
The release of the film, “Twelve Nights,” a documentary about dogs in a Taiwan animal shelter, is partially credited with the increase in pet adoption and a reduction of 3.4 percent to 5.7 percent in pet abandonment.
Pets in Taiwan are increasingly being treated as family members due to changing demographic trends, such as aging, lower birth rates and delayed marriage.
Pet owners in Taiwan are willing to spend more on health products, quality pet food, and beauty and pet accessories. Taiwan’s pet market grew 9% in 2013, according to Euromonitor International.
The Global Industry Analysts’ forecast on global pet food in 2017 predicts sales of US$9.75 billion.
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.