NATIONAL PET MONTH
Austin animal lovers live in one of the most pet-friendly cities in the U.S., report says
In addition to being National Moving Month (yes, it’s weird), May is also National Pet Month. To commemorate the month, experts from vacation rental marketplace HomeToGo have released their 2023 report of the most pet-friendly cities in the nation, and Austin made it into the top five.
Austin ranked No. 4 on a shortlist of 25 American cities that had the highest ratio of pet-friendly offers on HomeToGo, compared to a total 100 of the largest cities nationwide.
Some of the main attractions that Austin’s pups enjoy the most include Banger’s Sausage House on Rainey Street, where their menu includes dog-friendly sausages, and the Domain, where dogs are allowed in a majority of stores, and restaurants and bars have pet-friendly patios.
Other off-leash havens for pets include Auditorium Shores and its neighbor Zilker Park, with perfectly wide-open spaces suitable for keeping your pet active. Austin is also a well-established no-kill city, with some very active shelters, and we have a growing roster of mobile vet businesses.
Ahead of Austin was Boston (No. 3), Seattle (No. 2), with Portland, Oregon taking the No. 1 spot for the United States’ most pet-friendly city. Coming in at No. 5 is Washington, D.C.
In a comparison of only Southern cities, Austin ranked No. 2, with Tampa, Florida outranking the Texas Capital. Rounding out the top four are Tulsa, Oklahoma (No. 3), and Orlando, Florida (No. 4).
The only other Texas cities that made it onto HomeToGo’s shortlist was El Paso and Dallas, ranking No. 20 and No. 22, respectively.
The top 10 most pet-friendly cities in the U.S. are:
- No. 1 – Portland, Oregon
- No. 2 – Seattle, Washington
- No. 3 – Boston, Massachusetts
- No. 4 – Austin, Texas
- No. 5 – Washington, D.C.
- No. 6 – Louisville, Kentucky
- No. 7 – Virginia Beach, Virginia
- No. 8 – Charlotte, North Carolina
- No. 9 – Jacksonville, Florida
- No. 10 – (tie) Denver, Colorado and Atlanta, Georgia
The full report can be found on hometogo.com.