With pet adoptions on the rise, study finds which states favored dogs or cats amid COVID-19

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By RADIO.COM

Cats or dogs? The U.S. is a nation divided.

With pet adoptions on the rise amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study conducted by Porch.com sought to find out which states favored what pets in 2020.

From the onset of the pandemic, an estimated 750,000 animals were adopted from shelters in the U.S., FOX reports.

Cat adoptions beat out dog adoptions by a very slim margin -- 55% versus 54%, respectively.

Much of the West Coast turned out to be cat people aside from the state of Oregon.

A good portion of the East Coast were proud dog people except for four states: Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

The Midwest and South went head-to-head. Indiana and Iowa were more likely to adopt a cat. Meanwhile, Illinois and Kansas chose dogs.

Alaska went to the cats whereas Hawaii went to the dogs.

But who splurges more on their pets the most? Definitely dog lovers.

"Cats might be ahead of dogs in terms of adoption rates, but it’s dog owners who splash their cash for their pets, outspending cat owners by $514 a year," the study, which used independent non-profit Shelter Animals Count as a source, found.

Where does all the money go? Dog owners say food, vet care, and grooming.

While adoption helps pets in need of a fur-ever home, pets seemed to return the favor as 83% of respondents told Petfood Industry magazine that cats and/or dogs helped them cope with the stress and anxiety brought on by the pandemic. An additional 72% said pets improved their moods during quarantine.

Here’s a breakdown of states that “team cat” and “team dog”:

U.S. states most likely to adopt a cat

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming

U.S. states most likely to adopt a dog

Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Virginia

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