Although some hardcore animal rights advocates object to the concept of owning any animal, it’s also true that studies have linked responsible pet ownership to lowered stress and increased happiness. With today’s pet industry a booming business worth more than $52 billion a year in the U.S. alone, there are plenty of pampered pooches and kitties.
According to the American Pet Products Association, 62% of Americans own pets. That accounts for 86 million cats, 78 million dogs, 5.7 million birds, 4.6 million reptiles, 2.4 million horses, and nearly 13 million fish.
With so many animals, outnumbering people in some local areas, there are unfortunately too many who need good homes. If you are thinking of getting an animal, stop on by your local shelter before you think about calling a breeder or pet store.
courtesy of Carlton Hobbs Antiques