LOTS OF PETS IN WYO & SD, NOT SO MANY IN NEB

Posted 2 years ago

By John Axtell

cat and dogSouth Dakota and Wyoming rank in the top 10 and Nebraska in the bottom 10 when it comes to the percentage of households with a pet.

That’s according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, which puts out its U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook every 5 years.

South Dakota ranks #3…with 65.6% of households having pets…while Wyoming is 10th at 61.8%. Nebraska, on the other hand, is 5th from the bottom at 51.3%.

The sourcebook says there are about 70-million pet dogs and 74.1-million pet cats in the country…both numbers down from 5 years ago, likely reflecting the impact of the recession. The percentage of Wyo households with pets dropped nearly 9 points.

The top pet-owning states are Vermont at 71% of households having pets and New Mexico at 67.6%. On the bottom are Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey…all under 51%. Washington, DC, is far under that…with just 21.9% of households having pets.