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A day to think about our pets, less fortunate animals

With August 19, National Homeless Animals Day—it’s always the third Saturday in August—approaching, it’s a good time to consider our own pets and how we can support those who volunteer to help homeless animals in our community.

According to https://nationaltoday.com/international-homeless-animals-day/
“Every year on the third Saturday in August, we observe International Homeless Animals Day to celebrate how far we’ve come in taking care of our pets, and share knowledge on what more we can do... International Homeless Animals Day (IHAD) began in 1992 when the International Society for Animals Rights decided to dedicate a day to spreading awareness about pet overpopulation. Since then, events, observances, participants, and positive results have grown every year. Currently, celebrations can be found in all 50 states and more than 50 countries. To date, the group has saved the lives of millions of animals around the world.”

WalletHub claims there are over 85 million U.S. pet-owning households projected to spend $72 billion this year. The personal finance website WalletHub today released an in-depth report on 2018’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities. In order to determine where Americans’ animal companions can enjoy the best quality of life without breaking the bank, WalletHub compared the creature-friendliness of the 100 largest cities across 24 key metrics. The data set ranges from minimum pet-care provider rate per visit to pet businesses per capita to walkability.

 

Most Pet-Friendly Cities

Least Pet-Friendly Cities

1 Scottsdale, AZ
2 Orlando, FL
3 San Diego, CA
4 Austin, TX
5 Phoenix, AZ
6 Tampa, FL
7 Cincinnati, OH
8 Seattle, WA
9 Las Vegas, NV
10 Irvine, CA
91 Fresno, CA
92 Charlotte, NC
93 Newark, NJ
94 Norfolk, VA
95 Mesa, AZ
96 Baltimore, MD
97 Laredo, TX
98 Fort Wayne, IN
99 Buffalo, NY
100 Honolulu, HI

Key Stats

• Columbus, Ohio, has the lowest average veterinary care costs (per visit), $37.26, which is 2.1 times lower than in New York, the city with the highest at $79.30.

• Miami has the most veterinarians (per square root of population), 0.3360, which is 88.4 times more than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the fewest at 0.0038.

• St. Paul, Minnesota, has the lowest monthly dog-insurance premium, $34.84, which is 2.4 times lower than in New York, the city with the highest at $83.50.

• San Francisco has the most pet businesses (per square root of population), 0.8546, which is 23.8 times more than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the fewest at 0.0359.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/most-pet-friendly-cities/5562/

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