Profile America: National Pet Week

Welcome to National Pet Week®!

Welcome to National Pet Week®!

Sunday, May 7 — National Pet Week and Be Kind to Animals Week both begin their observances today. While pets are a source of companionship, many dogs provide protection and act as eyes for the blind. Less is expected of cats, who deign to keep humans around as household staff.

Dogs are found in 44 percent of U.S. homes, cats in just over one-third. Those favoring cats usually have more of them, thus there are about 86 million household cats versus 78 million dogs. Among other companion animals in America’s 80 million households with pets, we have over 8 million birds, 3.2 million rabbits, and 1.1 million lizards. Animal food manufacturing is a nearly $60 billion a year business in the U.S. for more than 1,700 establishments.

You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online here.

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