AVMA Shares New Pet Ownership Numbers for the U.S.

The American Veterinary Medical Association recently released its latest Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook.  The number of pets in the U.S. is increasing, including non-traditional exotic pets like birds and reptiles.

Here’s a summary of some of the key findings:

  • 57% of all U.S. households own at least one pet.
  • The number of households with dogs is at a record high (38%) with cat owning households coming in second (25%).

  • 13% of all U.S. households have some sort of exotic pet, an increase of 25% from the 2011 pet ownership survey.
  • The trend of keeping poultry as pets has been growing at a rate of 23% over the last 5 years.

  • The number of households with pets is highest in rural states, with Wyoming, West Virginia, and Nebraska at the top of the list.
  • The states with the least number of pets are Rhode Island, South Dakota, New York, and New Jersey.
  • Dog owners are more likely to take their pets to the veterinarian than owners of other animals.

The Sourcebook is available for purchase via the AVMA website, and AVMA members can download the Executive Summary at no cost.


Cage-Free California: Landmark Animal Welfare Legislation Implemented

FACE Executive Director Brooke Haggerty and Wayne Pacelle, HSUS President & CEO

FACE Executive Director Brooke Haggerty and Wayne Pacelle, HSUS President & CEO

The FACE Foundation joins many other animal welfare organizations in California and around the country in celebrating the implementation of California’s Proposition 2. Prop 2, also known as Cage-Free California, was overwhelmingly passed by voters in 2008. On January 1, 2015, the law went into effect.

This important legislation requires that all egg-laying hens raised in California must be able to stand up, lie down, turn around, and fully extend their wings. Along with Prop 2, California Assembly Bill 1437 (enacted in 2010) requires that all whole shell eggs sold in California (regardless of where they were produced) must be compliant with Prop 2 requirements. This legislation also went into effect on January 1st.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, 260 million egg-laying hens in the U.S. are confined to barren wire battery cages. These cages trap each hen into a space the size of a shoe box, so small they cannot move freely or perform basic natural behaviors. Prop 2 goes a long way towards ending this inhumane confinement of hens.


The Prop 2 initiative also requires that all breeding pigs and veal calves have the same ability to stand up, lie down, turn around, and fully extend their limbs. FACE is proud to join the HSUS and other animal welfare advocates in celebrating this victory for the animals. We urge all egg producers and retailers to follow the cage-free guidelines.

To learn more about Cage-Free California, click HERE. To read HSUS President Wayne Pacelle’s blog about the issue, click HERE.