The 20 Most Pet-Friendly States in America

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15. Connecticut
> No-kill shelters: 1.1 (per 100,000 people)
> Dog parks: 1.4 (per 100,000 people)
> Pet-friendly stores: 12
> Dog ownership rate: 14,191 (per 100,000 people)

With 1.1 No-kill shelters and 1.4 dog parks per 100,000 residents, Connecticut ranks in the top 10 among the 26 states we considered for this list. Despite its pet-friendliness, Connecticut residents are much less likely to have dogs than those in most other states. There are just 14,191 dogs per 100,000 Connecticut residents.

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14. Florida
> No-kill shelters: 0.9 (per 100,000 people)
> Dog parks: 1.2 (per 100,000 people)
> Pet-friendly stores: 100
> Dog ownership rate: 19,766 (per 100,000 people)

Florida is one of just two states with at least 100 pet-friendly stores. It also has a fairly high share of dog parks, with 1.2 parks per 100,000 residents. Floridians are often better able to access care for their pets, as the state has above average shares of veterinarians and veterinary technologists and technicians compared to the nation as a whole.

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13. Rhode Island
> No-kill shelters: 1.5 (per 100,000 people)
> Dog parks: 0.9 (per 100,000 people)
> Pet-friendly stores: 4
> Dog ownership rate: 15,227 (per 100,000 people)

Rhode Island ranks among the top 10 states out of the 26 we considered in several significant measures. The ALDF said Rhode Island ranked sixth among all U.S. states in animal protection laws. It also has the fourth-highest share of No-kill shelters in the country, at 1.5 shelters per 100,000 residents.

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12. Washington
> No-kill shelters: 0.8 (per 100,000 people)
> Dog parks: 1.4 (per 100,000 people)
> Pet-friendly stores: 36
> Dog ownership rate: 21,352 (per 100,000 people)

Washington ranks highly in a number of measures that indicate it is a very pet-friendly state. It has the ninth-best animal protection laws in the country, according to the ALDF. Among the 26 states we considered, it has the ninth-highest rate of dog parks, at 1.4 parks per 100,000 residents. It also has the sixth highest total number of pet friendly stores.

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11. Arizona
> No-kill shelters: 1.5 (per 100,000 people)
> Dog parks: 0.3 (per 100,000 people)
> Pet-friendly stores: 51
> Dog ownership rate: 25,071 (per 100,000 people)

Arizona is one of just four states with more than 1.5 No-kill shelters per 100,000 residents. This may be due to the fact that Arizona has the third-highest dog population, relative to the human population in the state. For every 100,000 people in Arizona, there are over 25,000 dogs.

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