2 comments to “Pet Ownership in Australia 2013”

  1. Jiggywigs | January 11, 2015 | Permalink

    I do not agree with this at all. I live in rural NE Victoria where very few if any, allow their pets inside and keep cats indoors. Most are not desexed, ftgh kittens being given away constantly. FTGH puppies are rife on all the animal for sale facebook pages. Few are kept indoors. Many dogs stolen are taken from backyards at night….. I would question what areas of Australia they covered when doing their research…… This isn’t a true pic of Australian pet owners and carers.

    • savingpets | January 12, 2015 | Permalink

      Do you know what? I don’t know anyone who believes these are the stats where they live. NO rescuer lives in this area – not a single one. If you were to ask rescuers in suburban locations, they’d say that because of their urbaness they have higher populations, more poverty and an uncaring public – city callousness if you will. While country people are obviously too ‘poor and stupid’ to keep pets responsibly.

      So what we have is a professional survey company – no doubt being paid in the thousands or tens of thousands of dollars – taking a representative sample of pet owners from around the country, then somehow fucking up that data and passing it on their client.

      And then that client – a group of multi-million dollar for-profit pet medical companies – taking that irrelevant and faulty data and every year building their business strategy around it.

      Is this the most likely explanation?

      Multimillion dollar companies insisting on producing and producing such rubbish statistics. When their core business – the one that is making such massive profits – consistently run in complete opposition to our own positioning… and we’re broke to boot! It’s amazing that these MULTIMILLIONDOLLAR companies keep getting it so wrong…

      Why don’t they just call us in rescue – we know what’s going on! Don’t we?

      It’s a weird phenomenon, whereby for profit businesses with an investment in understanding the pet industry, do extensive surveying and find out information… and we in welfare dismiss it because it can’t possibly be true.

      OR do we have to admit that our experience in dealing with the ‘last 2%’ of pet owners – the ones who aren’t doing the right thing – maybe isn’t representative of what is actually going on in Australia?

      Which seems more likely?