WASHINGTON, May 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Saturday, May 7th. National Pet Week ends today, and Be Kind to Animals Week winds up tomorrow. While pets are a source of companionship, many dogs provide protection and act as eyes for the blind. Less is expected of cats, who deign to keep humans around as household staff. Dogs are found in nearly 45 percent of U.S. homes, cats in about one-third. Those favoring cats usually have more of them, thus there are 86 million household cats versus 78 million dogs. Among other companion animals, we have over 8 million birds, 3.2 million rabbits, and 1.1 million lizards. Animal food manufacturing is a nearly $60 billion a year business in the U.S. for some 1,675 establishments. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at www.census.gov.
National Pet Week & Be Kind to Animals Week/accessed 2/26/2016: https://www.avma.org/Events/pethealth/Pages/default.aspx
Dog and cat populations and households/accessed 2/26/2016: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/facts/pet_ownership_statistics.html
Other pets/accessed 2/26/2016: https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Statistics/Pages/Market-research-statistics-US-pet-ownership.aspx
Value of animal food production/NAICS 3111: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ASM/2014/31GS101//naics~31111
Number of establishments/NAICS 3111: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2013/00A1//naics~31111
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau