Choosi Report: Pet Populations In Australia: Stats and Facts

December 17, 2012   Lifestyle News
(PRLEAP.COM) Global warming, rising petrol prices, fluctuating interest rates… life in Australia, and indeed the world, has certainly changed in the last few decades. One thing that never changes, however, is how much Aussies adore their pets.

A man's best friend
Whether deep in the outback, on the farm, in the city or in the suburbs, it's hard not to spot a tail-wagging dog close to the heels of its owner. With 36 per cent of households owning dogs, and 23 per cent owning cats, Australia has the second highest rate of pet ownership in the world behind the US¹. So what is it about cats and dogs that makes Australia such a pet-friendly nation?

Constant companionship is hard to come by in everyday life, but not when you have a pet at your side. Australia's love of animals stems from the fact that they provide companionship, love and continuous attention that other relationships may not provide. In fact, a staggering 91 per cent of pet owners admit to feeling "very close" to their pets

Pet protection
While pet love is undoubtedly in the air, Aussie families can still go the extra mile to ensure controlled pet populations remain stable. Out of the 157,094 animals that were brought into animal shelters from 2010/11, only 42,326 dogs, 21,390 cats, and 6406 other animals were reclaimed or rehomed.³ This statistic represents three important findings: Australian families are not paying as much attention to their animals as they should and are not making sure they are microchipped and registered with a local council.

To protect yourself from the high cost of vet bills caused by accidents and illness, consider comprehensive pet insurance. Choose from a range of pet insurance providers with Choosi's free comparison service today, visit choosi.com.au.

Sources:
1. petnet.com.au/pet-statistics
2. rspca.org.au/assets/files/Resources/AnnualStatistics/

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