Best Places to Live

2010 10 Best Pet Cities

Pet lovers spent an estimated $50 billion on their pets in 2011 according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA). That's an awful lot of doggie bones for Fido and scratching posts for Fluffy. Pets have become more like family members, so it's no wonder that more people are factoring in their pets when contemplating a move.

Below you'll find information on some of the most pet-friendly cities in the United States. These cities have pet-friendly parks and trails, quality veterinary care, active animal welfare groups, as well as an abundance of pet boutiques and retail shops. To make the list, these cities had to be more than pet friendly. They also had to offer an exceptionally high quality of life for the owners who love those pets. From quality health care and higher education to diverse job opportunities, and active artistic and cultural scenes, these cities are some of the best places to work, live and play in America.

Ranking Criteria
Dog parks
Pet-friendly trails
Pet stores
Active animal welfare groups
  • 10

    Louisville , KY

    Population: 608,732
    Brian McCord

    Pet owners often have problems finding someone as devoted to their furry friends as they are. Of course, if they live in Louisville, KY, there's no problem at all. Louisville's assortment of lavish doggy spas, kitty corals and sundry pet boutiques assures owners that their pets are in good hands.

    The Pet School and Hotel offers grooming, board, day care and specialized training. Doggy school services range from owner workshops to boarding school, even as far as Dancing with your Dog lessons. Bed and Biscuit Boarding Kennels can groom, doggy-sit and board pets. Patrons of the Bed and Biscuit have access to pool time, "yappy hour" socialization and at-home pet sitting.

    Want to pamper your pet while still in town? The Pet Station Salon and Boutique offers expert grooming and specialized pet products at reasonable prices. If owners worry that Fido is getting too refined, they can always take him to one of Louisville's leashless dog parks. The four parks have plenty of open space for dogs to run and play, with separate areas for small dogs.

    Learn more about other Louisville parks.