Austin Voted Best City in the U.S For Dog Lovers

It's no secret that Austin is a little bit weird, but it is also no secret that Austin is a city for man's best friend! Around 54 million American households have at least one dog, compared to 43 million households that have at least one cat, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Cain Realty Group Austin Accolades took the 150 largest metros and then analyzed a wide variety of pet data. They only included one metro per state, for geographic diversity.

Criteria included:

  • Percentage of single-family homes on with dog-related home features (i.e., doggie doors) or cat-related features (i.e., catios)
  • Pet services per capita, including boarding, photography, and stores*
  • Veterinarians per capita*
  • Dog walkers per capita*
  • Percentage of restaurants that allow dogs*
  • Percentage of rental listings that allow dogs or cats
  • Google searches for "cats” and “dogs”
  • State dog and cat ownership rates*

“In Austin, you can take your dogs everywhere,” says Troy Pfeifer, co-owner of the Sit Means Sit dog training branch in the city. “There are no shortage of bars, restaurants that allow dogs." There are reportedly over 200 eateries and 60 hotels here that allow furry companions.  It's also worth noting that this is also the largest no-kill city in the United States for unclaimed pets, according to a local advocacy group, Austin Pets Alive.

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