The 20 Most Pet-Friendly States in America

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10. North Dakota
> No-kill shelters: 1.1 (per 100,000 people)
> Dog parks: 1.4 (per 100,000 people)
> Pet-friendly stores: N/A
> Dog ownership rate: 18,288 (per 100,000 people)

Dogs in North Dakota have a lot of room to play and exercise. The state has the seventh-highest rate of dog parks in states we considered, with 1.4 parks per 100,000 people. It also has the tenth-highest share of veterinarians per capita.

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9. South Dakota
> No-kill shelters: 0.6 (per 100,000 people)
> Dog parks: 1.5 (per 100,000 people)
> Pet-friendly stores: 1
> Dog ownership rate: 24,937 (per 100,000 people)

Few states love dogs like South Dakota. The state has nearly 25,000 dogs per 100,000 people, which is the fourth-highest dog ownership rate among the 26 states we considered for this list. With nearly 1.5 dog parks per 100,000 people, the state has one of the highest rates of dog parks per capita.

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8. New Hampshire
> No-kill shelters: 1.5 (per 100,000 people)
> Dog parks: 1.5 (per 100,000 people)
> Pet-friendly stores: 12
> Dog ownership rate: 15,629 (per 100,000 people)

Among the states we considered, New Hampshire ranked fifth in the rates of both No-kill shelters and dog parks per 100,000 residents. Despite these pet friendly indicators, the state doesn’t actually have all that many dogs — just 15,629 per 100,000, one of the lower rates among states we considered.

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7. Tennessee
> No-kill shelters: 0.9 (per 100,000 people)
> Dog parks: 0.9 (per 100,000 people)
> Pet-friendly stores: 27
> Dog ownership rate: 31,861 (per 100,000 people)

Tennessee has by far the highest share of dog ownership on this list. For every 100,000 Tennessee residents, there are 31,861 dogs. The next closest state, Kansas, has less than 27,000 dogs per 100,000 people.

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6. Kansas
> No-kill shelters: 1.2 (per 100,000 people)
> Dog parks: 1.0 (per 100,000 people)
> Pet-friendly stores: 18
> Dog ownership rate: 26,584 (per 100,000 people)

With more than 26,500 dogs per 100,000 residents, Kansas has the second-highest dog-ownership rate among states we considered. The state also ranks among the top 10 for No-kill shelters, with 1.24 per 100,000 people.

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