Pet Census 2020

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Every 10 years Americans are asked to respond to a census that produces a snapshot of the American population providing critical data about communities and helping to channel funding for critical services nationwide. Well, every 10 years there is a Pet Census too undertaken Mars PetCare to get insights into America’s pet population. While we know pets are family, things have changed in the past decade:

From June to August 2020, more than 13,000 pet parents (representing nearly 25,000 dogs and more than 6,000 cats!)were quizzed for the 2020 Pet Census.

  • Pet adoptions are up. Nearly 63% of dog parents and 51% of cat parents adopted their pet from a shelter or rescue.
  • Dogs and cats make the best cuddle buddies. As a result, these pets most commonly sleep in bed with their humans.
  • Pets support mental health. Nearly everyone (99% of dog parents and 96% of cat parents) believes their pet has a positive impact on their mental health.
  • “Best friend” is an understatement. The bond with pets is so strong that 72% of dog parents and 32% of cat parents admit they’ve canceled plans to spend time with their pets.
  • Pets are social stars. More than half of pet parents post on social media about their furry family members at least a few times a month. And more than 17% even have dedicated accounts for their pets.
  • DNA testing is more popular than ever! Of the dog parents surveyed, 67% have done a DNA test for their pet. (

Here is the bigger picture.





tip of the day

If you are taking a road trip with your dog, it’s a great idea to add temporary ID tags to his collar giving information about your en route locations over and above your home address.You can use paper tags from an stationery store or there is something new on the market called Twigo tags. Google them!