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Pet Owners Weigh the Pros and Cons of Their Furry Friends

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    A yellow Labrador retriever cuddles with a Maine coon cat.

    Many a pet owner will tell you that taking home a furry friend is one of the best decisions you can make. But becoming a pet parent is a big commitment and it's important to consider the pros and cons.

    The American Pet Products Association asked about 1,000 dog and cat owners to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of having a pet. The responses were overwhelmingly positive.

    Both cat and dog owners agree that companionship is the biggest benefit while the biggest drawback is the feeling of loss when a pet passes away.

    More than 53,000 pets were adopted through the 2016 Clear the Shelters campaign, a nationwide push to place deserving animals in forever homes. Join the conversation on social media using #ClearTheShelters.