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Pet Stats

Pet Stats

Did You Know...

In 2005, 78 percent of Americans used the Internet for travel information and 82 percent of travelers planned their trips online?

Source: The Travel Industry Association of America's (TIA) annual Travel Forecast

A Rising Trend Among Pet Owners

With this high percentage of online users seeking travel-related information, it's not surprising that pet owners are spending more and more time on the Internet searching for reliable resources, including:

  • 14% Dog owners
  • 19% Cat owners
  • 18% Fish owners
  • 23% Bird owners
  • 28% Small Animal owners
  • 34% Reptile owners
Source: American Pet Product Manufacturers Association (APPMA)

Snapshot of Pet Travelers

  • 14% of all adults in the U.S. (29.1 million) said they had traveled with a pet on a trip of 50 miles or more, one-way, away from home in the past three years.
  • Dogs are the most common type of pet to take along (78%).
  • 15% of travelers take their cats along.
  • Travelers with birds represent 2 percent and with either a ferret, rabbit, or fish, 3 percent.
  • Traveling with pets increases in the summer months when households take their pets with them on summer vacations.
  • The primary mode of transportation is automobile or truck (76%).
  • RV travel with pets represents about 10 percent.
  • Airline travel with pets accounts for 6 percent.
  • 32% of travelers with pets usually stay with friends or relatives.
  • 29% of travelers stay in a hotel or motel.
  • Many people prefer spending most of their nights with their pets in a camper, trailer, recreational vehicle, or tent (16%)
  • Pet travelers staying in a cabin, condominium, or vacation home account for 10 percent.
  • Women are twice as likely as men (43% vs. 21%) to indicate they lodged at the home of a friend or relative with their pet.
Source: Travel Poll by the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA).


  • Approximately 65 million owned dogs are in the United States.
  • 39% of U.S. households (or 40.6 million) own at least one dog.
  • Most owners (65%) own one dog.
  • 23% of owners own two dogs.
  • 12% of owners own three or more dogs.
  • On average, owners have almost two dogs (1.6).
  • Slightly more male dogs are owned than female dogs.
  • 18% of owned dogs were adopted from an animal shelter.
  • Dog owners spent $263 on veterinary related expenses, on average, in the past 12 months.
  • 72% of owned dogs are spayed or neutered.


  • Approximately 77.6 million owned cats are in the United States.
  • 34% of U.S. households (or 35.4 million) own at least one cat.
  • One half of cat-owning households (51%) own one cat; the remaining own two or more.
  • On average, owners have two cats (2.2).
  • Slightly more female cats are owned than male cats.
  • 16% of owned cats were adopted from an animal shelter.
  • Cat owners spent $113 on veterinary related expenses, on average, in the past 12 months.
  • 84% of owned cats are spayed or neutered.
Source: American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) 2003-2004 National Pet Owners Survey
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