A majority of pet owners heading to the polls are taking into considerationhow different issues, like climate change, might impact their pet’s future.

Pet owners heading to the polls are keeping their furry friends in mind whenmaking a decision on which candidate to vote for in the upcoming 2020 generalelection on Nov. 3.

According to a new survey conducted by Banfield Pet Hospital, 65 percent ofpet owners said that when they vote they will take into consideration howdifferent issues — like climate change — might impact their pet’s future. Italso revealed that nearly 70 percent of participants have turned to their petsas a way to de-stress amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“The human-animal bond now, more than ever, plays an integral role in people’slives,” Molly McAllister, chief medical officer at Banfield Pet Hospital, saidin a statement.

As people prepare for election night, 53 percent of pet owners admit they’drather spend the evening with their pets vs. with a roommate or significantother. Meanwhile, 70 percent said they would rather watch dog or cat videosover election news.

The survey also found that people are thinking about ways they can better bethere for their pets, as 38 percent said they are now more committed toprioritizing preventive care for their furry best friends.

“This survey shows that pets are always here for us – even, and especially,during the most difficult of times – and we’re encouraged that as a result ofspending more time together, people are committed to finding new ways tobetter be there for their pets,” McAllister added.

Other findings showed pets can actually bring people together amid the harshdivide of politics this election season. In fact, 64 percent of pet owners saythey would be more inclined to have a conversation with someone with differingpolitical views if they knew that person was also a pet owner.

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