Singles increasingly embrace animal friends, report finds

03/19/2013 | Supermarket News (free registration)

More Americans than ever are adopting pets, with ownership rates rising fastest among never-married, widowed, separated and divorced people, according to data from the American Veterinary Medical Association's newest Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook. "Unfortunately, despite these positive trends, people aren't bringing their pets into the veterinarian as often as they should," said Dr. Douglas Aspros, AVMA president. One-quarter of pet owners didn't take their animals in for medical care in 2011, up 14.3% from 2006.

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