Every Saturday, we celebrate “Caturday” here on Magic 98.3. But every February 20th it’s time to celebrate National Love Your Pet Day!
According to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare, the total household pet population (measured in dogs and cats) in the state of New Jersey is close to 2,878,037. Sorry dog lovers but New Jersey pet lovers prefer Cats over dogs. (Cats = 1,495,161 / Dogs = 1,382,876). The same applies with Middlesex and Somerset counties.
Just think about what that number is when it comes to strays. What about those in shelters looking to for homes? Tapinto.net says the pandemic has increased the amount of pet adoptions in New Jersey. Pre-Covid19 adoption rates were at 58% compared to current rates at 85%. I love that increase. But remember if you’re going to adopt a dog or cat, it’s for life.
Welcoming a furry friend into your life is a privilege and comes with great responsibilities. They’re members of the family, which is why it is so hard when that dreadful day comes when you have to say goodbye.