DALLAS, Jan. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Having a reputation of an early adopter of indulging amenities for domestic pets, Marcus Hiles has introduced them in Western Rim's upscale properties and is determined to continue making the communities he develop a more inviting and accommodating place for pets. Solid numbers reinforce the growing demand for acceptance of canines and felines, illustrated by a March 15, 2012 Adweek article posting 2010 census numbers, counting 43 million households with four-footed roommates, but only 38 million households with children, reinforcing the need for dog- and cat-friendly spaces.
Amenity lists for upscale communities across the country respect the strengthening relationships between owner and pet, changing the attitude from one of reluctant acceptance to a red carpet welcome with features dedicated to animal comfort and human convenience. Fortune magazine tallies the spending, acknowledging "This year the pet industry is projected to take in $63 billion, up more than 25% from 2010 according to the American Pet Product Association (APPA)." In a January 22, 2016 New York Times article, Jane Margolies explained the evolution of animal-oriented features from sporadic early appearances in 2000 to prolific installations in 2016, noting, "When 'pet spas' were introduced in high-end residential buildings a decade or so ago, they might have seemed like another flash-in-the-pan perk. But they've not only hung on like a dog with a bone, they've also evolved." A Los Angeles Times article from Aug. 8, 2014 highlights the ultimate trend, with pet parents giving their charges a special space of their own, often even equipped with an en suite bath.