Over 2,000+ pet owners and potential pet owners were surveyed with the purpose of revealing how people across the U.S. really feel about the topic of pet ownership during the Covid-19 pandemic.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people found themselves isolated at home with a lot of spare time on their hands. For those with pets, that pet bond was strengthened.  For those without pets, that pull to adopt a companion became strong to help combat loneliness, boredom, and sedentary living.

A poll conducted in March of 2021 surveyed 2200 Americans to find out how their relationships with their pets and changes as well as how their spending may have changed based on pet ownership.

An Overview

  • Americans seem to cherish their pets more.  Six in ten pet owners reported they value their pet more and show more affection to their pet than prior to the pandemic.
  • Over half of the people that got pets during the pandemic did so out of loneliness during isolation and social distancing.
  • Over 1/3 of new pets were adopted from shelters (we love this!).  Breeder-purchased pets and pet stores were also popular options.
  • Eight in ten pet owners said they would take any measure they could afford to save their pet from a catastrophic situation.
  • While most pet owners polled were aware of pet insurance, most stated policies did not reimburse expenses often.


We love that animal shelters were the most popular places to adopt a new pet.  Our shelters are severely overcrowded resulting in thousands of homeless dogs and cats being euthanized every day.  For a list of recommended shelters by state and for the full report, please see “Pets and Pet Spending During the Pandemic: A Money.com-Morning Consult Report“.