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ADOPTING A PET COULD LEAD TO MORE SUCCESSFUL RELATIONSHIPS, NEW RESEARCH SHOWS.

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A RECENT SURVEY OF 2,000 AMERICAN PET OWNERS BY ONEPOLL AND PET FOOD BRAND I AND LOVE AND YOU SHOWS ONE IN THREE (34%) MET THEIR SIGNIFICANT OTHER BECAUSE OF THEIR FURRY FRIEND.

AND IT’S NOT JUST ROMANTIC CONNECTIONS: ABOUT THE SAME NUMBER (32%) HAVE MET A BEST FRIEND BECAUSE OF THEIR PET.

MANY SAY PETS HELP BRING OUT THE BEST IN HUMANS, WHICH MIGHT BE WHY 78% OF RESPONDENTS AGREE: THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE IF WE COULD VIEW IT THROUGH OUR PET’S EYES.

HOW HAS YOUR PET MADE YOU A BETTER PERSON?

  • They’ve helped me to become more social — 66%
  • They’ve encouraged me to be more active — 59%
  • They’ve helped me to become more open — 58%
  • Watching my pet try new things has encouraged me to do the same — 44%
  • Taking care of them has helped me to take care of myself — 26%

Survey methodology:

This random double-opt-in survey of 2,000 dog and cat owners was commissioned by I and Love and You between September 16 and September 28, 2022. It was conducted by market research company OnePoll, whose team members are members of the Market Research Society and have corporate membership to the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research (ESOMAR).

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