In the United States, cats are being adopted at a faster rate than dogs amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). This could be due to a number of factors, including the fact that cats are less likely to require a lot of space and are easier to care for than dogs. The financial impact of pet adoption is also worth noting. In a time of economic uncertainty, pet adoption can provide a much-needed financial boost for animal shelters and rescue organizations.
The Adoption Rate of Cats and Dogs
A study by the ASPCA found that the average American household has 1.5 pets, with over 70 million cats and dogs living in U.S. homes. Pets provide companionship, love, and security, and they are known to reduce stress and anxiety. However, in times of crisis, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, the decision to adopt a pet must be weighed against the potential financial impact on the family.
While there are many costs associated with pet ownership, such as food, toys, vet care, and licensing fees, the cost of adoption is typically nominal in comparison. In fact, many animal shelters and rescue organizations offer waived or discounted adoption fees in order to find homes for their animals.
The Financial Impact of Adopting a Cat vs. a Dog
When it comes to the financial impact of pet adoption, dogs tend to be more expensive to adopt than cats. According to the ASPCA, the average cost of adopting a dog is $350, while the average cost of adopting a cat is $185. There are a number of reasons for this discrepancy.
Dogs usually require more up-front veterinary care than cats, as they are more likely to require vaccinations, routine check-ups, and preventive medications. In addition, dogs often need to be spayed or neutered, which can add an additional $100-200 to the cost of adoption. Finally, larger breeds of dogs typically cost more to adopt than smaller breeds.
Despite these added expenses, dogs generally make more sense for many families in terms of their health and ability to adapt to new situations. For example, a dog can jump into a car if you get into an accident, while cats are more likely to pass out from shock.
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