Pets Make Single Life Less Lonely


We weren’t surprised to learn that the majority of single Catholics own a pet. (Check out our fascinating poll results below.)

And most of you who don’t currently have a pet in the house said you’d consider getting one in the future. (Good thing, because you may end up marrying an animal-attached CatholicMatcher like Carrie-709467, left, pictured with her dogs, Gracie and Quito. Aren’t they beautiful? Carrie, too?)

CatholicMatch members have eloquently explained the important role pets play in singles’ lives.

“They are wonderful, loyal companions who give so much back,” said Julie-80911, who has two dogs.

“I have three cats and one foster cat,” Steven-94269 said. “They are great companions. Now if only I could teach them to clean their own litter boxes.”

“Animals are always so wonderful to have around the house,” said Leanne-387609, who has two small dogs.

“I had two Shih Tzus,” said Jacqueline-198. “My male died in May after 15.5 years of happiness and love. I have a female and she has made things easier – otherwise this house would be really lonely.”

“Actually I have 6 dogs, 5 cats, 9 birds and 5 horses,” said Marilyn-362785. “I love them all, and they are my family.”

“They are good companions and love you unconditionally,” added Marylee-760540, who has two dogs.

“Pets help keep us in good mental and physical health, so are good for us spiritually if they don’t become attachments more important than God,” Marie-358484 pointed out. “For those of us who are single, it is a wonderful outlet to have a living source for our caretaking so we remain humane and understanding of how much of a need another might have. My theory is anyone capable of fostering an Umbrella Cockatoo or a rescue dog from a puppy mill without killing either of them or going insane would most likely be able to handle a spouse and children.”

Tina-747486 bought Toxi, a miniature pinscher terrier mix, from her local Humane Society in 2000, when the dog was 2-years-old, abandoned and scarred.

“She is the best $60 I ever spent,” Tina said. “Every day when I come home from work she is there to greet me with licks and wags. She has been at my side through good times and bad. She is very protective of me. She knows when I am sad or had a bad day. Her antics keep me laughing. When I cry, she licks my tears away…my best friend, I love my little Toxi!”



Poll results*

  • 62 percent of single Catholics own a pet
  • Among the 38 percent of single Catholics who don’t own a pet, 63 percent say they would consider getting one.
  • Women are more likely to own a pet. (19 percent of men say they do not own nor plan to get a pet, compared with 11 percent of women. Nearly twice as many single women than men own cats.)
  • Among singles, there are more than twice as many dog owners (35 percent) as cat owners (14 percent). Though dogs are more popular than cats among Americans in general, this disparity exceeds the national average, proving canines’ disproportionate popularity among unmarried Americans.
  • 9 percent of singles own both a dog and a cat or multiple of each
  • Dogs are most popular with 18- to 25-year-olds: 4 in 10 polled single Catholics in this age group own dogs. Cats, conversely, are most popular with older singles.


*This data was pulled from a national survey issued by over its network and represents the attitudes and behaviors of more than 4,500 single men and women that completed this poll between Aug. 1 to Sept. 25, 2011. 



  1. Rafael-404036 October 11, 2011 Reply

    Good evening everyone! Pets are awesome! I don’t have any pets at this moment due to a busy schedule, I grew up with dogs around the yard. Although a little messy, yes, they can keep company. My mom has a dog named “Stanley”. Whenever she comes to visit, she brings him along, and let me tell you, he is a fur ball of fun. As soon as he sees me driving in from work, he’s ready to play. No matter how my day has gone, he puts a smile on my face. May the Love of God and the fellowship of his Most Holy Spirit be with you, and bring you blessings of love, joy, peace, happiness, and good health.

  2. Maria-689654 October 6, 2011 Reply

    I have a zoo! Well, actually my daughter and grandchildren own a zoo; I just happen to live in the zoo. We have three dogs, seven cats, 9 fish, 1 bearded dragon, 1 rat, and 7 hermit crabs. Occasionally we foster a few cats for 2-3 weeks for the Humane Society.

  3. Nigel-748943 October 3, 2011 Reply

    I possess an extremely strong love for animals.

    Animals are extremaly beautiful, and intelligent.

    God has created all animals.

    We human beings have been given the duty to treat all animals with respect.


  4. Ellen-750702 October 2, 2011 Reply

    I have always had a pet or two. Mostly dogs & cats; but had every kind at one time or another. I loved them all & each had it’s own name & personality. They kept me sane & smiling when I needed them. I have a 9 yr old cat now. She is my buddy!!

  5. Donna-83441 September 27, 2011 Reply

    I have a small dog (mini pin/chihuahua mix) that I consider a ‘rescue’. She was offered to me by the owner. She was the last pup they had left from a litter and was 9 mos old.. They had her parents and a couple of pit bulls and she was kept in a cardboard box..She had never been outside on grass. House training and socializing her to people was a long process. But she is my reason for getting up every morning. Many CM’rs have met her, because she travels with me the last 6 years. I would never be without a pet.

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