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AP Pet Poll: Americans consider pets to be family

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 at 7:22 am in Pets. poll reveals that American pets are often treated like humans (as if this is a big surprise /Gary)

June 23, 2009: With the downturn in the economy and people seeking more comfort from their pets than ever, a pet care and news site ( recently partnered with The Associated Press ( to poll Americans on their attitudes towards their furry friends. The survey revealed that half (50%) of American pet owners truly consider their pets to be as much a part of the family as any other person in the household.

Single people of both genders, but especially single women (66%), were more likely to say that their pet is a full member of the family. Only 46 percent of married women shared the same viewpoint. In comparison, 52 percent of single men said so, compared to 43 percent of married men.

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2 Responses to “AP Pet Poll: Americans consider pets to be family”

  1. Maggie Rufo Says:

    And yet, pets are being abandoned in huge numbers at shelters, or worse just set loose, or worse still left in empty houses to starve. So, somewhere, some people are drawing a line that allows them to abdicate responsiblity for these innocent beings they are responsible for. And now, our supreme governator wants to cut the shelter waiting time to a mere 3 days before animals will be killed – all to save a paltry .1 percent of the state budget. Clearly pets are not family to Arnold…

  2. online pet shop Says:

    Hello there,

    I know people that consider their pets a part of their families. I strongly agree with that stance towards the animals we have in our homes. For me, treating a pet like a family member is a good lesson in responsibility. In addition, this attitude makes the animals we possess feel happier, and guarantees their being satisfied with our care.

    Thanks a lot for the wonderful post.

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