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"Citizen Canine": Evolving Legal Rights For Americans' Pets


In a severe thunderstorm, you might hear someone say, “It’s raining cats and dogs.” Well, in the United States, even in the sunniest of weather, it really is raining cats and dogs. More homes in the United States have cats and dogs than have kids. There are more than four times as many feline and canine residents of American homes than there were in the 1960s, nearly 150 million, one of them for every two of us.

Baltimore-based writer David Grimm has taken a look at how the status of our animals, in our homes, and in our society, has changed over time. He’s condensed what he’s learned into a book called Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs, now available in paperback. Tom spoke with David Grimm last year.


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