AS PET ADOPTIONS soared during the pandemic, it’s not surprising that concerns over the environment we choose for our furry family has become a priority. Finding not only a suitable home but also a city that caters to all the needs of our pets is important. Thankfully, recent data from real estate agency Zillow and Rover, the world’s largest online marketplace for pet care, offers some great insight into the most dog-friendly cities in the US.
With Zillow focusing on listings that have pet-friendly features and Rover scrolling through its many dog owner accounts, the two came together to conduct a study that found that 24 percent of dog owners moved into a new home since the beginning of the pandemic. It also noted that an astonishing 62 percent would consider moving to accommodate their dog.
“This year, we spent an extraordinary amount of time with our pets, and many of us relied on their companionship more than ever. As a result, our emotional bonds with our pets also strengthened,” remarked Kate Jaffe, trends expert at Rover. “Pets are taking on an even greater role in our families, so it follows that our dogs’ needs are a top priority for pet parents considering a new home.”
The companies produced a list of the most dog-friendly cities in the US. According to the data, the best place to live for pet owners is Denver, CO. Coming in second is Orlando, FL, with Anaheim, CA, and Charlotte, NC, taking third and fourth. Four out of the 10 cities are in Florida.
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The top 15 dog-friendly cities in the US, according to Zillow and Rover are:
New Orleans, LA
Fort Worth, TX
St. Petersburg, FL