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The Most Pet Friendly Places in America

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

There are places in America that are more suitable for pets than others. This includes establishments like hotels and restaurants that allow pets and places where dogs can run, play and enjoy their life. According to Forbes Magazine, Colorado Springs, Colorado tops the list of Americas most pet friendly city. The reasons for this are generous public space, ample veterinary care and wealth of pet-friendly retailers . All these things added up to heaven on earth for this small metropolis of just under 400,000 people and their estimated 61,000 dogs and 54,000 cats.

The following outlines how Forbes Magazine reached this conclusion:

To find out where pets and their owners are most welcome, we measured the country’s 50 largest cites to see which had the most public park acreage, including those parks tailored specifically for dogs (the second most common pet after cats and the ones that require the most outdoor facilities), the most pet supply and service businesses, and the most veterinary facilities. We also looked at which cities typically charge the least for veterinary care. We measured the statistics on both a per capita basis, or against each city’s human population, and on a “pet capita” basis–against the city’s estimated pet population. Those cities with the most vets, public parks, dog parks and pet businesses, both per person and per animal, shot to the top of the list.

Colorado Springs ranked in the top 20 in all the categories. The city has more than 10,000 acres of public park space, or almost a tenth of an acre for every pet. It also features seven dog parks and 113 veterinarians.

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