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The average daily pay for animal actors begins at about $250 per day, according to Gloria Winship, owner of Animal Actors International. But unlike their human counterparts, animals don't earn residuals, which means they earn nothing after that day.
And, just as Jennifer Aniston contributes a portion of her paycheck to hiring a personal trainer to maintain her fab abs, owners of animal stars use the money their animals earn to contribute to their training, feeding, housing, and grooming.
So, while there are exceptions, most animals in films earn just enough to maintain their upkeep, with maybe a little left over for designer kibble.