Survey says… Dressing up your pets for Halloween a divisive issue, according to animal rescue group

Posted at 4:48 PM, Oct 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-28 18:48:42-04

SALT LAKE CITY — When it comes to opinions on costumes for pets on Halloween, animal lovers surveyed by the Best Friends Animal Society are reportedly divided on the issue.

According to information from Best Friends, more than 6,000 of their members participated in a poll about their feelings on dressing up their pets for Halloween.

The video above goes over the basics of the survey results in an adorable montage of pets getting in and out of costumes, but a press release also included the following bullet points, which have been reproduced in their entirety:

  • Large sample size (over 6,000 responses)
  • Fairly split between those who dress up their pets and those who don’t (52% say yes and 48% say no)
  • Some think it is part of their pet being one of the family and their animal (dog) enjoys it, plus it silly fun that can bring joy to others.  Those opposed feel like we shouldn’t use pets for our enjoyment if it isn’t something they like.
  • Respondents who claimed to be dog people were more likely to dress up their pets (63% of dog people said they dress up their pets vs. 32% of cat people)
  • Many cat lovers didn’t think cats enjoyed being dressed up
  • The biggest difference comes in age of the pet owner.  The younger respondents were much more likely to dress up their pets:
    • Under 34 – 88% dress up their pets
    • 35-44 – 71% dress up their pets
    • 45-54 – 60% dress up their pets
    • 55-64 – 54% dress up their pets
    • 65+ – 32% dress up their pets

For more information about Best Friends Animal Society, their survey and their efforts to rescue animals, click here.