U.S. Pet Ownership Statistics

Why are the following statistics prominently featured on CaRPOC's home page? BECAUSE these are the millions of dogs and cats (and more) whose owners' rights are being washed away by the flood of laws and ordinances backed by Animal Rights organizations. CaRPOC's goals include damming this flood by exposing the AR organizations for what they are groups who want no animal ownership, a world where vegan philosophy is the philosophy of the world, run and run FAST. Look at the statistics and decide under which philosophy we want our world to live. Then join us and work with us to stop the flood of HSUS, PETA and other animal rights organizations!

The following statistics were compiled from the

American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA)
2007-2008 National Pet Owners Survey


  • There are approximately 74.8 million owned dogs in the United States
  • Thirty-nine percent of U.S. households own at least one dog
  • Most owners (63 percent) own one dog
  • Twenty-five percent of owners own two dogs
  • Twelve percent of owners own three or more dogs
  • On average, owners have almost two dogs (1.7)
  • The proportion of male to female dogs is even
  • Ten percent of owned dogs were adopted from an animal shelter
  • On average, dog owners spent $219 on veterinary visits (vaccine,    well visits) annually
  • Seventy-five percent of owned dogs are spayed or neutered


  • There are approximately 88.3 million owned cats in the United States
  • Nearly 34 percent of U.S. households (or 38.4 million) own at least one cat
  • Fifty-six percent of owners own more than one cat
  • On average, owners have two cats (2.3)
  • More female cats are owned than male cats (73 percent vs. 63 percent respectively)
  • Eighteen percent of owned cats were adopted from an animal shelter
  • Cat owners spent an average of $175 on routine veterinary visits
  • Eighty-seven percent of owned cats are spayed or neutered 

For additional information on pet ownership statistics, contact the APPMA



Animal "Rights" Quotes:
"Let me set the record straight. PETA does not condone or commit violent acts, nor do we threaten anybody with violence."  Ingrid Newkirk, PETA President, Deseret News, February 12, 2002
"If I had more guts, I'd light a match."  John J.P. Goodwin, Grassroots Coordinator, HSUS, former ALF member, The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 1993


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