With the shift to remote working and online learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cincinnatians have spent an increased amount of time in their homes over the last few months. Not only has this meant more time spent with family members, but household pets are reaping the benefits of this societal shift as well.
Over the years, people across the country have turned to animal companionship for a sense of comfort and stress relief. According to WalletHub, nearly 85 million households in the United States own pets.
With this growing number comes the desire within pet owners to seek out cities which will offer the best pet care and supplies for their furry friends. In a recent study, WalletHub ranked Cincinnati the 11th most pet-friendly city in the U.S.
This ranking compared the top 100 most populated cities in the U.S. and is based on metrics including pet budget, pet health and wellness and outdoor pet-friendliness — think things like which cities have the most dog parks and dog-friendly restaurants per capita, lowest vet care cost and most pet boutiques. Bonus: Cincinnati also ranked in the top five for most veterinarians per capita.
According to the study, the most pet-friendly city in the nation is Tampa, Florida. The least friendly? Fresno, California.