Using data to help prevent pet homelessness

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In order to help determine contributing factors to pet homelessness across the globe and, hopefully, find better ways of addressing this issue, Mars teamed up with animal welfare experts and created a State of Pet Homelessness Index.

Using data from over 200 global and local sources as well as quantitative research based on attitudinal data, the Index currently covers data across 9 countries: The US, UK, India, Mexico, Germany, Russia, South Africa, China and Greece.

Each country receives an index score between 0 and 10 (10 = no pet homelessness exists) based on data collected across three focus areas.

The data also reveals common challenges across the nine countries including housing limitations and negative perceptions:

  • Pet–friendly housing limitations: 55% of respondents say it is difficult to find dog-friendly rental homes; 44% agree it is difficult to find a rental when you own a cat
  • Negative perceptions of stray or shelter animals: 50% of prospective owners say they worry about the pet’s history if adopted from a shelter, and 47% worry the pets are emotionally damaged. One in four think that stray animals are more likely to be aggressive.

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