Majority of Millennials Would Change Job to Spend More Time With Their Pet

More than half of millennials said they would change jobs or reduce hours to spend more time with their pets, while 64% of millennials said the same, according to new research.

Leading veterinary health care provider and pet food manufacturer Mars Petcare has looked at changes to pet care since 2020 in a new report released Thursday, looking at how the pandemic is changing the way animal owners feel about their furry friends.

Mars Petcare’s Keeping People and Pets Together report makes clear that pets and pet parents are closer than ever during the pandemic and they want that closeness to continue, whether they are at work, abroad, in their communities, or traveling to new places. Places. Visions of parents for pets like this are central to every decision we make and inform everything from our product innovation to programming better cities for pets, allowing us to truly live our goal: a better world for pets,” said Ekdeep Singh, Regional President of Mars Corporation. Petcare in North America.

The research found that more than 23 million households have added a pet to their homes during the pandemic, while about 80 percent of pet owners have been able to spend more time with their pets — and that has had lasting effects.

Although the pandemic is nearing its end, and many are returning to office life, 90 percent of them want to keep up with the increasing time they spend with their pets, as many depend on them for their “mental health in a post-pandemic world.”

But the pandemic doesn’t just mean spending more quality time with four-legged friends, as it has come as no surprise that it has presented challenges as well. Four out of ten owners have been concerned about affording their pets in the past year, “particularly those who have added new pets during the pandemic.”

In fact, the same research found that nearly a third of pet owners had already considered rehoming a pet during 2021, with some shelters reporting that they saw surrender by people who returned to their offices and those who adopted during the pandemic but weren’t ready to take responsibility. .

Dog in the office photo album. More than 23 million households have added pets to their homes during the pandemic.
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Back to the office… or not

As the US begins to gradually return to life from 9 to 5 before, pet owners who enjoyed spending their days with their pets and the pets they are now accustomed to are facing challenges with changes.

About 41 percent of those who were asked were allowed to bring their pets to work, but 69 percent said they would like to. Even the majority of Generation Z (64 percent) and Millennials (56 percent) said they would change jobs or reduce work schedules to spend more time with their pets after the pandemic.

Definitions vary, but the Pew Research Center classifies millennials as those born between 1981 and 1996 (23 to 38 in 2019), and anyone born from 1997 onward as part of a new generation.

Traveling after the pandemic with pets

As countries open borders again and some travel restrictions begin to ease, pet owners are thinking of their dear pets when it comes to it. Nearly half said they had canceled a vacation that wasn’t pet-friendly so they didn’t have to leave them behind, while 60 percent said they would feel more comfortable traveling with their pet.

Last week, an airline ramp agent went viral after showing exactly how dogs and cats are stored when they can’t travel with their owner on a plane. The controversial video series on TikTok showed the animals in carriers, strapped to the plane’s cargo, and only slightly separated from luggage.

However, Mars Petcare works with airports across the country to help increase standards for visiting pre-ride pets, using insights from the Better Cities for Pets Program. Operating under the direction of the company, Nashville International Airport now features best-in-class pet relief areas, a dog park, and friendly and visible signage.

Socialization

Since socialization has looked so different over the past year, the way pets enter the equation does so too. 63 percent said they would be more comfortable in social gatherings with their pets, and more than half of pet owners planned to prioritize spending time with pets over social gatherings.

Restaurants, which have been hard hit by the pandemic, have been a major focus for pet owners, with 59 percent saying they would feel more comfortable enjoying outdoor patios if they could take a pet with them.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently reviewing the policy provided by Mars Petcare on a standard form food symbol with consistent guidance on pet-friendly yard requirements that do not vary from state to state.

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