There are around 51 million pets in the UK. From dogs and cats, to parrots and rabbits, our pets prove we are a nation of animal-lovers. Almost half of us own a pet.
Research shows that having an animal to care for can help people deal with anxiety and depression. With more people starting to work from home, many are looking for pets to keep them company.
At the start of the coronavirus lockdown, the number of people looking to buy a puppy rose by 168%.
But as the popularity of dogs rose, so did prices, along with the number of complaints about fraudulent sellers.