This blog is about the human-animal bond and I sometimes slide into humor or reporting on the pet industry, because it's all good. Everything related to pets and animals the world over is, in my <brazen> opinion, relevant to the human animal bond. All we do and all we are is inclusive of the presence of animals, particularly pets, in our lives.
A week or so ago a report came into my inbox stating, "New Study: Pet Industry is Economic Powerhouse".
This, to my thinking, is not news. Who doesn't/didn't know this? Raise your hand. I won't call on you.
There you have it. No hands went up.
The report came from the Pet Industry Advisory Council. Effectively, this is what it declared:
The pet industry generated more than $221 billion in direct, indirect and induced economic impact, according to a new study conducted by George Mason University and released today at the Pet Industry Leadership Conference in Laguna Beach, California. The economic analysis also showed the pet industry supported over 1.3 million U.S. jobs in 2015 that paid more than $60 billion in salaries, wages and benefits.
I'm sharing it here because it plays into the need for better recognition of all we do for the economy, we pet parents. Our love for our pets, our bond with our pets, inspires us to spend the money, to search for employment that brings us in close contact with other pets (and animals we might not be around a whole lot, thinking of reptiles and birds; so many of us keep to the traditional dog or cat in our homes). In fact, the report goes on to say,
According to this report, consumers spend over $77 billion on their pets annually. Pet food and veterinary services are the two leading sources of spending within the industry. Other sectors considered in the study include manufacturing of pet supplies and toys, pet pharmaceuticals, grooming, boarding and other services, wholesale and retail trade involving pet products, and the emerging pet health insurance industry.