Infographic: When Dogs and Cats Go Beyond Being Pets

Since their domestication thousands of years ago, dogs and cats have followed alongside humans doing everything from welcoming owners home and being loyal family companions to finding missing children and sniffing out dangerous weapons. According to the Humane Society, there are a total of 78.2 million owned dogs in America, with 39 percent of U.S. households owning more than one dog. There are 86.4 million cats owned in the U.S. and 33 percent of U.S. households own at least one. With the number of owned pets continually growing, it’s no surprise how much these furry companions make a positive difference in both our daily lives and our world.

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Infographic: When Dogs and Cats Go Beyond Being Pets

Brought to you by GOOD with the support of Purina ONE® beyOnd®


  1. I have one rescue pup who was cowering because of being given up as a pup. She is now my best friend!! I also have a 10 week old pup who is the most affectionate dog I have ever seen. They do make our lives so much better!

  2. Lisa Coomer Queen

    I have seen my daughter go from having severe anxiety to being anxiety free from getting her a puppy. Great post.

  3. I agree that they make our lives better and healthier.

  4. I totally agree with #1 and #3. I believe that the correlation between these two is that when a pet lifts your spirits, you let go of some stress that, if held onto, could lead to health problems.

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