My ace research assistant sadly brought this to my attention: the cold facts from an American Medical Veterinary Association report released last month.
Just 31% of Illinois households own a dog. That’s down from 32.4% in 2013 when they released their last report, and that’s on a shrinking population base. Illinois had the lowest rate of dog ownership among the states when that last report was done. A few other states apparently are suffering the same fate – eight others now have fewer dogs per household.
Illinois’ human birth rate has been declining, too – by 8.1% since 2011. That means fewer kids in Illinois.
I live by simple rules. One is that people who don’t like kids and dogs are no good. If those are the folks remaining in Illinois, I say we have real problems.
–Mark Glennon is founder of Wirepoints.