Just How “Family” is the Family Pet?

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By Jennifer Webb, Founder, Shakespeare Animal Fund

An Associated Press-Petside.com.poll said half of all American pet owners consider their pets as much a part of the family as any person, and another 36% said the pet is part of the family, just not a full member. One third of pet owners let their animals sleep in bed with them, 19% have bought their pet an outfit, and 43% say their pet has its own style. Another interesting fact, 66% of single women say their pets are like their children, compared to 46% of married women. And single men? Apparently they are also very attached to their pets, but the report said they are apprehensive about discussing just how close, because of fear it will not appear masculine.


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