10 Pets Who Make More Money Than you
We all love taking pictures of our pets. For most of us though, it won’t gain us any monetary success, just a few likes from friends. But for some pet owners it brings full on fame and fortune. To the point where pet owners can quit their day jobs if they want and become full time social media managers for their furry loved ones. Or they can just sit back, relax and enjoy a lavish lifestyle from the money their pet brings in . Each of these pet influencers below have more than a million followers on instagram, which means they each get paid between $9,000-$15,000 on brand deals per post. Many of the pets below starred in tv commercials, internet ads and paid product content. A lot of the pets get paid big bucks just to show up at events. When you add it all together these pets can easily make their owners (and they do) over a million dollars per year.
Pumpkin the Raccoon
1.5M followers on Instagram
In October 2014, when Pumpkin was just 1 month old, she fell out of a tree in Rosie Kemp’s backyard in the Nassau Bahamas. Pumpkin was very weak and could not move because she had a broken leg. When it became clear to Rosie that the raccoon’s mother was not coming back, she called the local Humane Society. However, the Humane Society was unable to take the orphan raccoon in, so Rosie and her daughter Laura Young adopted her and named her Pumpkin. In the Bahamas there are no restrictions to owning a raccoon. As the years went by, Pumpkin healed up fine and got use to living with the family and their two dogs Toffee and Oreo. The family started an Instagram for Pumpkin to show off how cute she was and by October 2015, she had 77,000 followers. Today she has 1.5 million followers on Instagram. She even has her own book titled Pumpkin:The Raccoon Who Thought She Was a Dog, which is about her relationship with Oreo and Toffee.
Marnie the Dog
1.9M followers on Instagram
Marnie the Dog is a 17 year old Shih Tzu rescue dog who was adopted by owner Shirley Braha. Marnie was found abandoned in the streets of Connecticut before the Humane Society picked her up. Braha found Marnie via Petfinder in 2012 and took her home. In 2014, Braha started posting pictures of Marnie under the IG handle @marniethedog and they quickly became popular. Marnie is especially liked for her permanent head tilt to the left brought on by vestibular disease. Braha also posted short videos of Marnie on Vine which did well too. Today Marnie has 1.9 million followers on Instagram. Marnie does routine appearances with celebrities, gets paid for events and even has her own merchandise. In 2016, Marnie was in a tv commercial for the company Avvo.
Venus the Two Face Cat
1.9M followers on Instagram
Venus the Two face Cat is tortoiseshell cat whose face is half red tabby and half black. Her eyes are different colors too, one green, the other blue. She was adopted in 2009 by a couple who live in North Carolina. Venus became internet famous after she was featured in a Reddit post in August 2012. Her popularity got her to be on The Today Show that same month. One month later Venus had more than one million views on Youtube. Her owners started growing Venus’ online presence with her social media account tag line being: “0% photoshopped, 100% born this way!” In 2015, Venus’ Instagram account had more than 600,000 followers. Today she has just about 2 million.
Loki the Wolfdog
2M followers on Instagram
Loki the wolfdog is part husky, part marlamute and part wolf. He is a stunningly beautiful dog whose owner, Kelly Lund, bought him from a breeder in Utah. Lund immediately started taking pictures of Loki on his Instagram and soon all his pictures were only of his dog. It was time Loki got his very own Instagram account, and within the first year (2013) he gained 50,000 followers. Companies wanted in early knowing Loki was a budding social media star. The dog food company I and Love and You contacted Lund and offered Loki all the food he can eat for the occasional post. Lund wasn’t planning on Loki becoming a star but in the summer of 2015 Loki’s IG blew up and suddenly got 500,000 followers. By the end of 2015, Loki had nearly 1 million followers. His commercial career took off. Mercedes casted Loki and his owner in a commercial. Go Pro wanted Loki to be at the launch of the Hero 5 camera. It got so exhausting for his owner Lund, that he quit his job to go full time for Loki. Now, Loki has 2 million followers and is still going strong.
Maru the Shiba
2.5M followers on Instagram
Maru the Shiba is an extremely photogenic 11 year old male Otherwise known as Marutaro, he lives in Japan and has been labeled “the smiliest dog in Japan.” Shinjoro Ono and his wife found Maru in a pet shop in December 2007 when he was 2 months old. In the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, Ono posted three pictures of Maru daily to cheer people up. It definitely worked because within the first month Maru gained 5,000 followers. Soon enough Maru’s growth exploded on the platform and he started starring in product promotions. Now he has 2.5 million followers on instagram and is a full blown pet influencer.
2.7M followers on Instagram
Grumpy Cat was the nickname of the internet celebrity cat named Tardar Sauce. Tardar Sauce became famous in 2012 when the brother of her owner posted a picture of Tardar on Reddit. She was quickly nicknamed “Grumpy Cat” because her demeanor always made her look sad due to her underbite and feline dwarfism. Her picture was turned into a meme, setting her internet notoriety into stone. In the beginning of her new found fame Grumpy Cat appeared on many TV talk shows like The Today show, Good Morning America and Anderson Live. Then she started doing TV commercials and promos for brands like Friskies and Honey Nut Cheerios. Grumpy was featured on more TV spots as her fame rose over the years, like American Idol, WWE and The Bachelorette. Lifetime Channel even wrote and produced a film starring Grumpy Cat, with Aubrey Plaza voicing her. Grumpy Cat established her very own brand and merchandise through her lucrative career. Sadly, Tardar Sauce passed away May, 2019, due to complications of a urinary tract infection. People from all over the world offered their condolences to Tardar’s family. The internet will miss her very much.
Juniper the Fox
2.8M followers on Instagram
Juniper the Fox is without a doubt the most famous fox on Instagram with almost 3 million followers. Actually that means it’s probably the most famous fox in the world. Juniper is a 3 year old tame fox that lives with her owner Jessika Coker in Florida. Tame foxes have over 4,000 genetic differences than wild foxes, which makes them not suitable for life in the wilderness. Juniper’s owner Jessika often comments about how having a pet fox isn’t like having a dog or a cat. Foxes can smell very bad so they can’t stay in the house 24/7. Their diets must consist of raw meat and bone content. Owning a fox is very different from other traditional pets. But one thing is for sure, Juniper looks great in every picture.
Doug the Pug
3.8M followers on Instagram
Doug the Pug is the most followed pug on the internet with 3.8 million followers on Instagram and over 13 million collective followers over all platforms. He is 7 years old and lives in Nashville. Since 2015, Doug has been a social media star. In 2016, he was nominated for a Webby award for “Best Social Media Animal.” In 2017, he won a Shorty award for “Instagrammer of the year.” In 2018, Forbes magazine named Doug #2 most influential pet. Doug has been featured in meet and greets, music festivals and music videos for Katy Perry and Fall Out Boy. Doug has been in commercials for Febreeze and Pedigree and even has a line of merchandise sold at Claires. Doug has done way more in his 7 years than most people do in their lifetimes.
Nala the Cat
4.1M followers on Instagram
Before Nala the cat became the biggest cat on Instagram she was taken to the animal sheltering LA by her original owners because unfortunately they couldn’t afford to take care of her. Nala was then adopted by Varisiri Methachittiphan in 2010. Varisiri said when Nala licked her face she knew she was her cat. Varisiri posted pictures of Nala around the house on Instagram and her following consistently grew over time. People fell in love with her cute tabby face and round eyes. Now Nala has 4.1 million followers and is the most famous feline on the platform.
9.2M followers on Instagram
Jiff Pom is a tiny Pomeranian dog who likes to run around, dress up and do adorable things to entertain his millions of fans on the internet. In 2014, Jiff first made headlines for getting the Guiness World Record for fastest dog on two paws. First a 10 meter run on his hind legs, then a 5 meter run on his front paws. Jiff is also a dog actor, he has been in commercials for Target, Banana Republic and was in Katy Perry’s music video “Dark Horse.” Right now he has over 9 million followers on Instagram, making him the top pet influencer with the most clout. The paychecks he receives matches that title as well.