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Industry Background

ARF! Pet Care seeks to be the leader in providing professional, loving, dependable, and secure pet care services. Consumers are clearly demanding professional pet sitting services for their pets. Check out the below statistics on the pet industry.

According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association's (APPMA) 2007-2008 National Pet Owners Survey*:

• 63 percent of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 71.1 million households, up from 64 million in 2002 and 51 million in 1988 when APPMA's tracking began

• Americans own approximately 74.8 million dogs, 88.3 million cats, 16 million birds, 142 million freshwater fish, 9.6 million saltwater fish, 13.4 million reptiles, and 24.3 million small animals

• More and more companies traditionally known for human products are going to the dogs, and cats, and reptiles. Big name companies including Paul Mitchell, Omaha Steaks, Origins, Harley Davidson and Old Navy are now offering lines of pet products ranging from dog shampoo, pet attire, and name-brand toys to gourmet treats and food.

• From monogrammed sweaters and personalized food and water bowls to digitized collar tags and hand-made treats, owners embrace their pets as true members of the American family celebrating their fluffy, finned and feathered companions with their very own belongings.

The following spending statistics are gathered by APPMA from various market research sources and are not included in the organization's bi-annual National Pet Owners Survey.

Total U.S. Pet Industry Expenditures

2008 $43.4 Est.
2007 $41.2
2006 $38.5
2005 $36.3
2004 $34.4
2003 $32.4
2002 $29.5
2001 $28.5
1998 $23.0
1996 $21.0
1994 $17.0

Estimated/Actual Sales within the U.S. Market

For 2008, it is estimated that $43.4 billion will be spent on our pets in the U.S.

Estimated 2008
Actual 2007
Food $16.9 $16.2
Vet Care $10.9 $10.1
Supplies/OTC Medicine $10.3 $9.8
Live Animal Purchases $2.1 $2.1
Pet Services: Grooming & Boarding $3.2 $3.0

According to the 2007-2008 APPMA National Pet Owners Survey, basic annual expenses for dog and cat owners include*:

Surgical Vet Visits $453 $363
Food $217 $188
Kennel Boarding $225 $149
Routine Vet $219 $175
Groomer/Grooming Aids $127 $18
Vitamins $77 $31
Treats $66 $40
Toys $41 $26
Total $1,425 $990

*Copyright 2007 American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, Inc. All rights reserved.

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