Pets and the Pandemic AMA Report
We are happy to share with you a report from Animal Medicines Australia AMA, with the Pet Food Industry Association of Australia PFIA, the Pet Industry Association of Australia PIAA and the Australian Veterinary Association AVA who worked together to present their findings of – Pets and the Pandemic.
Research indicates that the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions may have created an opportunity for Australians to introduce a previously desired pet into the family, rather than the pandemic being the reason itself for acquiring a pet. For instance, working from home arrangements have provided the opportunity to spend time with a pet.
The research shows the early anecdotal reports accurately reflect the biggest boom Australia has seen in pet ownership. In a time of significant uncertainty and reduced social interaction, Australians have turned to pet ownership as a source of comfort and joy. This report, a supplement to Animal Medicines Australia’s triennial report, includes overall pet population data as well as information specifically focused on cats and dogs based on a quantitative survey and qualitative research.
Owners said that ‘pets had a positive impact on their lives throughout the pandemic because they provided joy, comfort and were good for mental health’.
With pet ownership now at record levels, policy makers must consider the needs of companion animals and their owners. This should range from rental, strata and body corporate regulations to animals in public places, transport access and holiday accommodation. The pandemic also showed that pet animal welfare must be explicitly protected as an essential service/activity.
‘Our pets bring so much love and joy to our lives; it is our responsibility in turn to provide them with the best health, care and environment we possibly can’ Lance Williams President AMA.
Download the full report – Pets and the Pandemic: a social research snapshot of pets and people in the COVID-19 era
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Acknowledgements – this report was produced by Newgate Research on behalf of the Animal Medicines Australia AMA, with contributions from the Pet Food Industry Association of Australia PFIAA, the Pet Industry Association of Australia PIAA and Australian Veterinary Association AVA for their contribution to this report.
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