The American Pet Products Association has published a new report called Covid-19 Pulse Study: Pet Ownership During the Pandemic. This study examines the ways the pandemic has influenced how we care for our pets.
See the APPA’s website to find out how to obtain a copy of the full report. In the meantime, here are a few highlights:
- While most Americans have not seen pandemic-related changes to their pet ownership, 7% report getting a new pet and 6% report holding off on getting a pet because of the pandemic.
- 72% of owners report that spending time with their pets has helped reduce their stress and improve their sense of well-being during the past few months.
- Around half of pet owners report that they are “social distancing” their pets from other people and animals.
- 60% of owners report that increased time spent with their pets has led to greater bonding and feelings of closeness towards their pets.
- 39% of pet owners report that they have been exercising more with their pets during the pandemic.
- 44% of pet owners say they have “stocked up” on pet food and supplies at some point during the pandemic.
- Mass merchandisers like Walmart and pet superstores like PetSmart are the most common shopping destinations for pet products (mostly in person, but also online). Online-only pet supply retailers come in third.
The APPA notes that “despite concerns of a recession and some having their employment impacted, many pet owners continue to demonstrate their commitment to the care and well-being of their pets.”
Veterinary care has also been affected by the pandemic. The FACE Foundation provides financial assistance for pets in need of life-saving veterinary care. Recent grantees have faced unemployment and other financial hardships during the Covid crisis. Read about how FACE is responding to this ongoing crisis HERE.