Sixty-two percent of U.S. households, or about 72.9 million families, own a pet, according to the 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA). This is up from 56 percent of U.S. households in 1988, the first year the survey was conducted.
NUMBER OF U.S. HOUSEHOLDS THAT OWN A PET, BY TYPE OF ANIMAL
TOTAL NUMBER OF PETS OWNED IN THE U.S., BY TYPE OF ANIMAL
TOTAL U.S. PET INDUSTRY EXPENDITURES, 2002-2011
BASIC ANNUAL EXPENSES FOR DOGS AND CATS
Source: (via) Insurance Information Institute