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December 03, 2007

Why Do YOU Have a Pet?

This is from a Gallup Poll that asked  455 dog and 344 cat "owners'' that exact question.  I can't say there's any startling revelations here, but it's worth sharing nonetheless.

DOGS

2007 Mar 26-29

For companionship/friendship

42

Like/love animals

24

Family wanted one

17

For protection/security

10

Dogs are fun/entertaining

5

For recreational purposes (hunting/exercise)

5

Rescued dog

3

Have always had a dog

3

Dog was given to respondent

2

Other

2

No reason in particular

1

No opinion

*

Percentages add to more than 100% due to multiple responses.

          CATS

2007 Mar 26-29

Like/love animals

27

For companionship/friendship

25

Family members wanted cat

17

Rescued the cat

14

Cats are independents/easier to care for/lower maintenance

8

Keep mice/critters away

6

Entertaining/fun

4

Cat was given to respondent

2

Other

4

No reason in particular

2

No opinion

1

Percentages add to more than 100% due to multiple responses.

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