Does your pup enjoy romping through the dog park? Does your cat like lounging near large windows shimmering with sunshine? Does your pet need consistent, reliable vet care? If so, you might need to move!
Which communities in the U.S. are the most pet-friendly? Factoring in cost of living, access to dog parks, price of vet care, and other factors, last year WalletHub ranked cities in America for pet-friendliness. NOTE: These are large cities, not smaller towns or communities. But, if you enjoy city-life and you own a pet, check out the list and find the top 10 listed here:
1. Scottsdale, AZ
2. Phoenix, AZ
3. Tampa, FL
4. San Diego, CA
5. Orlando, FL
6. Birmingham, AL
7. Austin, TX
8. Cincinnati, OH
9. Atlanta, GA
10. Las Vegas, NV
To reach these conclusions, WalletHub evaluated cities on three aspects of pet-friendliness: 1) Pet Budget, 2) Pet Health & Wellness and 3) Outdoor Pet-Friendliness.
Other websites list various other communities, as well as states, which are pet-friendly. If you’re looking to make a move and you have a pet, search sites like Realtor.com as well as WalletHub to help you decide where you might want to live… or if you’re being transferred, to find a neighborhood or apartment complex that welcomes furry companions.
If you’re traveling and want to bring your dog or cat, the Travel Channel lists the top five destinations where you’re furry friend will be welcomed. These places include Key West, Florida; Asheville, North Carolina; and San Diego, California.
Pet parents enjoy taking their beloved four-footed family members different places, including restaurants, stores, parks, and hikes. Many towns allow such outings; others, not so much. Some neighborhoods and apartment/condo complexes are more pet-friendly than others. Hotels the same way. Whether you are re-locating permanently or taking a fun trip, reviewing where your pet will be welcomed is sound advice. “Moving” is a number one reason people give up their pets, causing angst to both themselves and their furry friends. Pets don’t have to be left behind and there are many technological ways to do research before having to pack that U-Haul … or embarking on vacation without your furry side-kick.
Sun, surf, snow, ski, park, play, views, friends – share these experiences with your pet by doing your homework on your next potential permanent or vacation home – maybe in one of the top 10 best places for pets!
Gayle M. Irwin is a writer and public relations professional who volunteers with various animal rescue groups. She enjoys sharing her books and her passion for pets and the environment with others.