What Our Pets Mean to Us

Clearly, Americans love our pets: 

  • For example, 67% of pet owners take their pets to the veterinarian more often than they see their own physicians.  (1999 American Animal Hospital Association’s national pet owner survey.)
  • In fact, 70% to 93% of pet owners view their pets as family members.  (Alan Beck & Aaron Katcher, Between Pets and People