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Advocate Poll: Gays More Likely to Own Pets

Relationship Between Pets and Their LGBTQ Owners
Queer Women Own the Most Cats

Gay Couple and Their Dog

Pet Industry Statistics for 2021

Stuff Lesbians Love: Cats

Dog Rescue and the LGBTQ Community

Smart Gay Life: Best Pets for LGBTQ Pet Owners

Same-Sex Penguin Couples

Pets Provide Support to LGBTQ Seniors

Companies That Are Dog-Friendly and LGBTQ-Friendly

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Research: Influence of Companion Animals on Quality of Life of Gay and Bisexual Men

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Advocate Poll: Gays More Likely to Own Pets

Seven out of 10 LGBTQ adults own pets, compared with 63% of heterosexual adults, according to a new poll by Harris Interactive. The same poll shows that 90% of gay pet owners say their pet is a member of their family, and two thirds have bought their pets presents for the holidays, according to a press release. The 2007 poll, in conjunction with Witeck-Combs, surveyed 2,455 US adults, of whom 158 identified as LGBTQ.

 



“Americans have well-deserved reputations as animal lovers and pet owners, and our latest findings underscore that LGBTQ
Americans are among the most avid,” Wesley Combs, president of Witeck-Combs Communications Inc., said in the statement. “Moreover, the holiday season reminds us of those closest to us, including our devotion to our pets. Smart marketers will recognize
that gay households truly are trendsetters in animal ownership and loving care.”

The poll shows that LGBTQ pet owners are slightly more likely than heterosexual pet owners to have cats: 63% of LGBTQ respondents owned a cat, compared with 52% of heterosexuals. However, the inverse was found with dogs: 71% of straight pet owners said they owned a dog, compared with 63% of LGBTQ pet owners.

 

[Source: Advocate Magazine, Witeck-Combs, 2007]

 

Advocate Poll: Gays More Likely to Own Pets

Relationship Between Pets and Their LGBTQ Owners
Queer Women Own the Most Cats

Gay Couple and Their Dog

Pet Industry Statistics for 2021

Stuff Lesbians Love: Cats

Dog Rescue and the LGBTQ Community

 

LGBTQ Pet Owners


Over 70% of LGBTQ adults have pets, compared to 60% of straight adults. If you’re a pet owner yourself, you probably already know that the LGBTQ community is extremely pet-friendly: according to a recent poll, over seventy percent of LGBTQ adults are pet owners, compared with only sixty percent of straight adults. For many of these LGBTQ “pet parents”, cats and dogs rescued from animal shelters can make the best pets, providing a loving companion while supporting local animal rescue and giving pets a forever home.

 

 

The number of LGBTQ pet owners is continuing to grow, and as the problems with breeders and pet stores keep surfacing, we’re sure to see even more members of the community turn toward adoption and rescue. If you’re thinking about adding a pet to your life, skip the pet store and head straight to your local animal shelter to take home some of the best pets: they’ll reward you with a lifetime of love and companionship.

Visiting a shelter for the first time, many LGBTQ pet parents are struck by the number of homeless animals and are moved to provide a better life for one (or more!) of them. While there are many reasons pet owners might choose to adopt a cat or a dog from a shelter, some particular benefits that might drive LGBTQ owners toward adoption:

Empathy: LGBTQ pet owners understand what it’s like being treated as an “outsider”. LGBTQ individuals may have to face intolerance, cruelty, and even neglect in their lives, and ending these struggles for a rescue animal can create a lifelong bond.

 

 
 

Health: There have been countless studies on the connection between owning a pet and living a healthy life. Whether it’s the exercise you get from taking a dog for a long walk or the mental health boost provided by a cat curled up on your lap, it’s clear that adding a pet to your home enriches your life and theirs.
 

You Look Great: this may not be the first benefit you think of when rescuing a shelter pet, but it’s undeniable that someone who saves an animal suddenly becomes much more attractive. Kindness and compassion look good on anyone.

 

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Relationship Between Pets and Their LGBTQ Owners
 

There are pros and cons to owning a pet as a marginalized individual.  A new study analyzes the relationship between pets and their young LGBTQ owners. The goal of this particular study is to focus on the younger LGBTQ population and to examine how human-animal interactions might impact a person's experience and well-being when faced with victimization over their sexual orientation or identity.

Since 2018, an ongoing study at the VCU School of Social Work has been analyzing the way pets impact the lives of young LGBTQ individuals. From animal-assisted therapy practices to having therapy dogs in schools to reduce anxiety, there are many mental health benefits to animal-human interactions. While the majority of current research is being focused on people who are not discriminated against or marginalized by society, this specific study could bring more clarity to how pets positively and negatively impact the lives of young LGBTQ people.


 

This study began in 2018 and has since focused on the role that animals specifically play in the lives of LGBTQ youth between the ages of 15-21 years old. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many of these interviews with individuals have been conducted via video conferences. The study parameters have even expanded, allowing for questions about what it's been like to have pets during the coronavirus lockdown. Associate professors Shelby McDonald, Alex Wagaman, and Traci Wike work alongside a team of student researchers (including Caroline Richards and Ryan O'Ryan) to interview LGBTQ individuals on their experiences with pets and how that has impacted their lives.

Questions in these interviews include things relating to: Detailing their relationship with their pets. Any stressors or benefits to living with a pet. The impact of pets during coronavirus lockdown.


McDonald explains to Commonwealth Times: "We added questions about experiences with pets during the pandemic because we wanted to expand our focus to understand how pets might support gender and sexual minority youth who were forced to live at home in a family environment that might not affirm their identity."

 



Does human-animal interaction impact a person’s experience and well-being? Absolutely. Over the years, many studies have proven the benefits of human-animal interactions. From animal-assisted therapy practices to having therapy dogs in schools to reduce anxiety - there are many mental health benefits to animal-human interactions.

A similar study has been done on the impact of pets in the lives of older LGBTQ individuals. A different 2018 study explored the role of pets in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults over the age of 50.

This particular study addressed the following questions: How does living with a pet impact perceived social support and social network size? How do LGBTQ older adults describe the meaning of pets in their lives?
 

In this study, over 59 percent of participants reported that they have pets and described them in affectionate terms, often referring to them as family. Many individuals classified their pets as "supportive" either by offering companionship or keeping them active and socializing. Many participants explained that their pets help them cope with some form of physical or mental health condition.
 


 

How is this study different? The goal of this particular study is to focus on the younger LGBTQ population and to examine how human-animal interactions might impact a person's experience and well-being when faced with victimization over their sexual orientation or identity. Not only that, but this study takes a look at both the positive and negative impacts of having a pet as an LGBTQ individual.

 

The vast majority of current research focuses on people who are not discriminated against or marginalized by society. According to the researchers, pets may lead marginalized people to "a path of financial stress and housing instability," which are issues the LGBTQ community already struggles with. "Pets can better people's lives," Richards explains to Commonwealth Times, "but it's also been interesting to see the ways in which pets can be stressors for people experiencing homelessness and financial insecurity."

 



Shelby McDonald, one of the lead associate professors on the study, has dedicated the last decade of her life to researching the role of animals in the lives of children and has recently turned that focus toward LGBTQ youth.

As of September 2, the researchers have conducted 164 initial interviews. O'Ryan, one of the student researchers, explains: "We've collected a pretty diverse bunch, but the participants we interviewed have been largely white, cisgender, bisexual women. I wish we had the chance to interview more people of color and more people from diverse gender identities."

 

[Source: Jamie Bell, Big Think, September 2020]

 

Advocate Poll: Gays More Likely to Own Pets

Relationship Between Pets and Their LGBTQ Owners
Queer Women Own the Most Cats

Gay Couple and Their Dog

Pet Industry Statistics for 2021

Dog Rescue and the LGBTQ Community

 

Pet Industry Statistics

 

Pets have taken over our lives and our hearts. Since the rise of technology, people have started to document all of the adorable antics their pets have been doing, along with the obligatory photos of their pets wearing adorable outfits. Due to the rise of social media, people have shared more than their fair share of cat and dog videos to make each other feel warm and fuzzy. While social media has connected all of our friends and families, one can help but notice more, and more of our personal friends are posting photos of their pets. That being said, have you ever thought to yourself, “how many pets are there in the US?” Or have you ever wanted to settle the famous cat and dog debate once in for all?

 


Our love of pets has left a paw print in our daily lives. From dominating social media, reshaping the pet food industry, creating new pet trends, and raising awareness on the need to adopt rather than buy. Pet owners will go to great lengths to ensure their pets are eating the best food and living their best life. Cats and dogs are the favorite pet for most households, but people have been more open to exotic pets to call their own throughout the years.


Top Pet Statistics According to a 2020 survey by the American Pet Products Association covering pet ownership statistics, 67 percent of households are pet owners. To put that into perspective, about 85 million families in the US own a pet. The most common/popular pets in America (by volume) are as follows:

 

--Fish: 142 million freshwater fish and 9.6 million saltwater fish

--Cats: 88.3 million cats

--Dogs: 74.8 million dogs

--Birds: 16 million birds

--Small Animals: 24.3 million small animals (Hamsters & Guinea Pigs)

--Horses: 13.8 million horses

--Reptiles: 13.4 million reptiles

 

 

The top 5 most popular pet choices:

 

--Dogs

--Cats

--Fish

--Reptiles (turtles, snakes, lizards)

--Small Mammals (hamsters, guinea pigs)

 

The average American family owns 1.6 dogs and 1.8 cats. More households have at least one dog in them than any other pet, making dogs the most popular pet in the world .

 

[Source: Gay Travel, Pet Ownership Statistics]

 

Queer Women Own the Most Cats

Gay Couple and Their Dog

Pet Industry Statistics for 2021

Stuff Lesbians Love: Cats

Dog Rescue and the LGBTQ Community

Smart Gay Life: Best Pets for LGBTQ Pet Owners

Same-Sex Penguin Couples

Pets Provide Support to LGBTQ Seniors

Companies That Are Dog-Friendly and LGBTQ-Friendly

 

Lesbians and Cats

 

In what ways are lesbian like cats? The fact that queer women love cats is one of my favorite stereotypes about lesbians. I currently own five (one had kittens) and it’s been the most successful pick-up line I’ve ever used. “Why don’t you come home with me and meet my five week old kittens” is like the lesbian version of a man offering to bring a straight girl back home for a drink. It works every time. And it’s easy to see why. We have so much in common with cats! They’re totally our spirit animals, and here's why:

 

Cats Are Nonchalant - The cat glare is scarily similar to the too-cool-for-you glances you get from girls in gay clubs. Truth is, we’re both just trying to look uninterested while totally checking out what’s going on in our peripheral vision. Nothing gets past us. Straight folks need sunglasses to hide what they’re looking at, but both cats and queer ladies have the sideways-stare down. Like a ninja.

Once They Love You, They Love You Forever - Cats totally have the urge-to-merge. Forever. It may take a while at first, but win a cat's trust and they’re yours forever.

They Have Sharp Claws, And Will Use Them If Necessary - Ours are metaphorical of course, but piss of a lesbian and she won't pussyfoot around you. Especially if you hurt her bestie, she'll go full-on bulldog on you.

They’re Androgynous - I mean who can even tell what gender a cat is anyway. And you don’t see anyone trying to be like Hey, cat, what's your gender? do you? Because you don’t fuck with a feline.

 



They Love Playing with Toys - A girl’s best friend is her … smartphone. I mean gay girls love gadgets, right? Stop looking at me like that. Get your mind out of the gutter. Oh, honestly.

So it’s settled. Cats are the definitely every lesbian/bi girls BFF. Wow, I made it through all of that without making a single pussy joke. Go me!

[Source: E J Rosetta, LGBTQ Columnist and Coffee Addict Living in Hampshire, England with her spoiled cat, Hendricks]

 

Advocate Poll: Gays More Likely to Own Pets

Relationship Between Pets and Their LGBTQ Owners
Queer Women Own the Most Cats

Gay Couple and Their Dog

Pet Industry Statistics for 2021

Dog Rescue and the LGBTQ Community

Smart Gay Life: Best Pets for LGBTQ Pet Owners

Same-Sex Penguin Couples

Pets Provide Support to LGBTQ Seniors

Companies That Are Dog-Friendly and LGBTQ-Friendly

Seriously Gay Animals

Research: Influence of Companion Animals on Quality of Life of Gay and Bisexual Men

Can Dogs be Queer?

 

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