Is Massachusetts Considered A Pet-Loving State?

Fact Checked by Thomas Leary

Alright folks, who knew that April 11 is National Pet Day? Beginning in 2006, National Pet Day was created to celebrate the well-documented benefits to pet ownership, which include a decrease in stress levels and an increase in physical health.

Every year on April 11, millions of American pet owners relish the opportunity to cherish and love their fur babies a little extra. But which state loves their pets the most? 

At BetMassachusetts.com, we typically stick to providing Massachusetts sports betting promos, but we decided to take a new angle when National Pet Day rolled around this year.

To do so, we used data from the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook to calculate which states had the highest percentage of pet ownership.

Most Pet-Loving States

RankState% of Pet Ownership
1Wyoming71.8
2West Virginia71
3Idaho70
4Vermont70
5Indiana69.2
6Arkansas69
7Mississippi65.5
8Oklahoma65
9Kentucky64.1
10North Dakota63.7
11Maine63.5
12Missouri63.5
13Washington63
14Kansas62.8
15Michigan62.4
16Ohio62.4
17Montana62
18South Carolina62
19Tennessee61.7
20Pennsylvania60.6
21New Mexico60
22Alabama59.8
23Oregon59.2
24Iowa59
25North Carolina59
26Wisconsin59
27Utah58.5
28Texas58.2
29Arizona58
30Delaware57.9
31Florida56
32Virginia55.5
33Louisiana54
34Minnesota54
35Nevada53
36New Hampshire52
37Nebraska51.3
38Georgia51
39Connecticut50
40New York50
41Massachusetts49
42Illinois48.6
43Maryland48.6
44New Jersey47.4
45Colorado47.2
46South Dakota46
47Rhode Island45.4
48California40.1
49*Alaska0
50*Hawaii0

Why So Low For Massachusetts?

Some may be disappointed to see Massachusetts all the way down at number 41 on the list, with 49% of people sharing their home with a pet. This wouldn't have been the expected number if you were betting with a sportsbook like BetMGM Massachusetts.

But although just under half of the state is a pet owner, Massachusetts residents do love their pets. In fact, according to CNBC, of all states, they spend the second most money on their dogs each year, with the average canine costing $2702.62 per year. Only Delaware ranks higher at $2864.49 annually.

The state is also home to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Founded by Harvard Law grad George Thorndike Angell in 1868, it is one of the oldest humane societies in the country. Thorndike Angell is still remembered today for his pioneering work to legislate several laws to protect the welfare of animals.

Last year the MSPCA placed 4,460 animals into adoptive homes across Massachusetts. This is part of an on-going trend that sees more and more people choosing to “adopt not shop.” According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), nationwide 1.6 million cats and 1.6 million dogs are rescued from shelters each year.

Additionally, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)’s Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook states that dog-ownership across the country has gone up from 38% in 2016 to 45% in 2020.

While the number of cat owners hasn’t seen as dramatic of a rise — up one percent over the same time period, from 25% to 26% — it’s still clear pet parenthood is on the rise.

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Author

Jeff Parker is an entertainment writer for BetMassachusetts.com. A writer for film, television and the internet, Jeff is a life long movie buff, with a Masters Degree in Popular Culture. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he works full time as documentary filmmaker and producer.

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