The best and worst cities for pets

The best and worst cities for pets

 

If you are a pet living in Scottsdale, Arizona, life is good.

The city in Maricopa County ranked number one in personal finance website WalletHub’s annual report of the most pet-friendly cities in the United States. The survey takes into consideration things like minimum pet care provider rate per visit, number of dog parks, pet businesses, pet-friendly restaurants, pet meetup groups, number of animal shelters and pet friendliness of the rental market.

The Top 10 cities for pets are:

1. Scottsdale, Arizona;

2. Orlando, Florida;

3. Tampa, Florida;

4. Austin, Texas;

5. Phoenix, Arizona;

6. Las Vegas, Nevada;

7. Atlanta, Georgia ;

8. St. Louis, Missouri;

9. Seattle, Washington;

10. Portland, Oregon.

Considering that the American Pet Products Association projects that in 2019, pet ownership will cost Americans more than $75 billion, it’s obvious the happiness of pets is a top priority for humans these days.

And that is music to our ears at Friends of Animals, when they have good, permanent, life-time care.

If you’re considering adopting a cat or dog, FoA offers low-cost spay/neuter certificates to ease the costs of adding to your family. Visit friendsofanimals.org to order a certificate, or call our toll-free number: 1-800-321-PETS.

And if you are considering adopting a cat or dog, you might want to think twice about moving to Fresno, California. It is rated the least pet-friendly city in the country. If you already have a dog and dog parks are important to you and your best friend, New York City; Portland, Oregon; San Francisco; Las Vegas; Henderson, Nevada and Boise, Idaho have the most dog parks per capita. In addition, leashed dogs can get exercise and walk with you most anywhere.