Do You Know the Average Pet License Compliance in the United States?

Do You Know the Average Pet License Compliance in the United States?

In late 2017 we conducted a North America-wide study of the Pet Licensing Industry. As part of this work we aimed to better understand the rates at which pet guardians license their animals.

We surveyed more than 75 jurisdictions asking how many pets were licensed. Then, using American Veterinary Medical Association data, we estimated the compliance rate of each municipality.

Overall, we learned that just 13% of pets are licensed. Many municipalities require that only dogs be licensed. In these locations, an average of 23% of dogs are licensed. In municipalities where cat licenses are mandatory, just 7% were in compliance.

How does your municipality stack up?

You can do the math quickly if you know the number of households in your community. If you don't have the information to hand, just look up your city or county at

Number of Households =       ________________

Then, to determine the number of dogs likely to be found in your jurisdiction, multiply the number of households by 0.59 (37% of households have, on average, 1.6 dogs).

Estimated Dog Population: Households x 0.59  =       ________________

To determine the estimated number of cats in your region, multiply the number of households by 0.63 (30% of households have, on average 2.1 cats).

Estimated Cat Population: Households x 0.63 =       ________________

Then, divide the number of licenses sold annually in your municipality by the combined estimated pet population to learn your compliance rate.

Licenses Sold Per Year / Estimated Pet Population =       ________________

How did you stack up? Are you higher or lower than the North American average?

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