In the past few years, the rise in pet ownership for singles, especially men, has increased, according to a recent survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
According to their U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, while it’s still more common for a pet to be owned by a family, pet ownership among single people increased by 16.6 percent, from 46.9 percent pet ownership in 2006 to 54.7 percent in 2011, compared to just 1.47 growth in pet ownership for families.
The number of single men living alone with pets increased by 27.7 percent, from 34.3 to 43.8 percent, while the number of single women living alone with pets increased by 22 percent, from 46.8 to 57.1 percent.
“It’s interesting to see that more and more single people are discovering the comfort and satisfaction that owning a pet can offer,” Dr. Douglas Aspros , president of the AVMA, said. “Pets are powerful, positive influences on our lives, offering unique emotional, psychological and physical health benefits to their owners.”