The human-pet bond may have strengthened measurably during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a survey, American Pet Product Association (APPA) analysts studied how the attitudes of pet owners in the United States had changed as a result of the pandemic. Restrictions on movement and socialization among people seems to have led to greater intimacy with those animals both less likely to spread the virus and sharing living quarters with quarantined Homo sapiens. APPA shared their results in “COVID-19 Pulse Study: Pet Ownership During the Pandemic.” APPA researchers conducted the study’s first wave online during one week in May among 2,006 nationally representative individuals. The analysts conducted a second survey using the same methodology for one week in June, netting 2,008 respondents. The questionnaire surveyed both pet owners and non-pet owners.
With some of the other survey questions, APPA analysts observed that the percentage of people who delayed getting a pet nearly equaled the percentage who reported bringing a new pet into their household. While 7% of respondents said they adopted or bought a new pet, 6% decided to wait.
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