Pets R Us

A look at the numbers

Number of pet-owning households in the U.S.: 109 million

Number of households in Tampa Bay: 1,045,009

Estimated number of those homes that own cats: 330,221

Number of cats found in a 92-year-old woman's Clearwater home last month: 120

Number of cats allegedly blow-torched by Richard A. Wyatt of Tampa last November, which made the Humane Society's Top 100 Worst Animal Cruelty Cases of 2006: 3

Number of members and supporters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): 1.6 million

Contributions from PETA supporters in 2006: over $29 million

Percentage of contributions and merchandise sales going to PETA's administrative expenses: 4 percent

Salary of Dan Matthews, PETA's Vice President of Campaigns: $72,488

Year Pamela Anderson began stripping for PETA's "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" campaign created by Matthews: 2003

Median price for breast augmentation: $6,000

Number of dogs that could be adopted from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay for the same price: 100

Source:, Charity Navigator, Associated Press, Humane Society of Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg Times, American Veterinary Medical Association, U.S. Census, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

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