And if you're going to call it that, make sure you're totally ready to feed it and walk it three times a day. Especially if it's a real dog.
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How about rodent people! [People with different animals heads in a park]
Or snake people!
Can't we all just get along?
Well…except for the snake people and the rodent people.
We should probably keep them separated... [Snake man chasing rodent man]
But the fact is, there are all kinds of different animal people...
And according to the humane society, 79.7 million U.S. Households have a pet of some kind.
In percentages, that means 65% of homes has a pet. [Household animal percentages on a map of the USA]
Here's another fact:
Of those pet owners, 63% of them consider their pets to be like a member of their family.
They put up with the hassles of pet ownership because they love their animal companions [Woman with popcorn sits beside dog]
like they love their family.
And that's saying something!
Pets poop in a box! [Cat in a litter tray]
Your mom might not love your dad as much if he started box poopin'.
But it's not all sunshine and rainbows…even if it's like…99% sunshine and rainbows. [Sun rises with a rainbow and woman rides a unicorn]
But having a pet doesn't come cheap.
Some places require a license – which is a payment to the government to show that you've
given your pet the right shots and medical treatment. [Police officer giving a pet a ticket]
And of course, pets need food, bedding, toys and other such items – all of that can start
to add up. [Stacks of money appear]
Then there's the whole veterinarian thing – because pets need a doctor too – and
that costs dog and cat owners on average about $159 per year alone. [Vet inspecting a dog]
Now for something a little sad...
most animals alive in the country right now are in need of adoption.
Another sad thing to note?
About 80% of cats here are “community cats” - that means that instead of being claimed [Group of cats on the pavement]
and owned by someone, they simply wander around neighborhoods being fed by whoever is willing to.
We sure wouldn't want that life…so why would they?
And in case you need any more proof that animals need adopting – there are over 10,000 animal [Dog with paws on a cage]
shelters in the United States, dedicated to sheltering animals while they wait for adoption.
These organizations need about 2.5 billion dollars to operate each year, while also relying
on volunteers to help out, too. [Volunteers show up for puppy adoption]
Basically what we're saying is, if you've ever wanted to care for an animal but can't
adopt one, you can always volunteer to lend a helping hand at your local animal shelter.
Though we do have one word of caution: by volunteering there, you might….die.
…of cuteness overload!!! [A cute puppy laying down]
Look at the little faces!
We bet one of those little faces would look super cute snuggled up in bed with you!
Even the snake. [A mouse eating and a snake appears]