Ten Most Pet-Friendly Cities 2011

If you are one of the 163 million Americans who own a pet, you probably believe, as we do, that pets are people too! They are part of the family, and it’s important to take proper care of them which means plenty of walking, playing and quality-time with you and the rest of the family. For those who live in apartments, it’s even more challenging to make sure Sparky lives the good life as there is typically less room to roam and no backyard.

With this in mind, we put together a list of ten cities that offer great pet-friendly options for you and your furry friends.

10 Most Pet-Friendly Cities:

  1. New York City: Central Park is simply pet heaven, with its winding trails and fenced-in dog parks. If asphalt is more appealing, walk your pet along the Brooklyn Bridge. New York is also one of the few cities where pet daycares can be found in nearly every neighborhood!

  2. Chicago: The Windy City provides canine cruises across the famed Navy Pier, as well as pet-welcoming patio restaurants throughout the city. Chicago is also home to an assortment of pet resorts and boarding kennels.

  3. Boston: Walk your dog along the Freedom Trail to explore the many historical sites that this city has to offer. Boston invites pets to tour the harbor by boat, as long as their pet owners come along! Leashed dogs and felines are even welcome on the subway.

  4. Houston: Houston is home to a variety of pet-friendly hotels and restaurants that span throughout the city. Barnaby’s Café is a local favorite, where wait staff provide a cardboard dog bowl to keep your pooch hydrated morning, noon and night.

  5. San Francisco: You’ll find plenty of pet-friendly dining in addition to off-leash beaches and outdoor areas in San Francisco. Pets are even welcome to ride in the cable cars or walk alongside their owners across the Golden Gate Bridge!

  6. Austin: The Zilker Botanical Gardens and Congress Street Bats are top-rated pooch attractions, in addition to outdoor cafes and off-leash parks.

  7. Washington, D.C. and Alexandria, VA: Our country’s capital offers a selection of pet-friendly restaurants in addition to an array of outdoor parks. In the summer time, have fun with your pet by taking them on the Capitol River Cruise or to Doggie Happy Hour at Cantina Marina!

  8. PortlandPortland is home to the famously pet-friendly Lucky Labrador restaurant chain, in addition to the well-known Rose Gardens and Saturday Outdoor Market. Several pet boutiques have recently emerged in the city, including Portland Pooch and Cat’s Meow.

  9. Charleston: Take your furry friend on tours throughout the historic city, including day tours to Boone Hall and Magnolia Plantations, as well as nightly ghost tours. All pets welcome.

  10. Ann Arbor: In Ann Arbor, pet are invited for outdoor fun—from dog-friendly canoeing to farms and gardens, such as the Nichols Arboretum, a 123-acre botanical garden at the University of Michigan.

If you’re looking to relocate to any of these pet-friendly cities, search our site for pet-friendly apartmentsdog-friendly apartments or cat-friendly apartments in your city.

If your city isn’t on this list, we would love to hear from you. What makes your city or neighborhood a great place for Fido and Whiskers?