Close to 78 million dogs and 86 million cats live in the U.S. More than 104 million pets live with their owners. The benefits of owning a dog are endless. Research has shown that canines and pets in general, make people happy and improve your heart health.
Few people will refuse to take care of an animal, if money was no object; many agree that pets can be a financial burden. About $67 billion was spent on pets and pets care in the country alone last year, according to research.
Pets are treated as equal member of a family. It’s no surprise that owners want to live in an area that provides the best quality of life for their furry best friend— great veterinary care, off-leash parks, and even restaurants that welcome Fido. The following list is based on The Mortgage Reports’ analysis of the most pet-friendly cities.
FIDO Scores™ are highest in cities that are both pet-friendly and affordable. Pet-friendliness is determined using a score from a 2016 WalletHub study which examines 19 metrics in 100 cities -- everything from veterinary care costs to the number of hotels allowing pets.