Top 10 pet-friendly cities named

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Top 10 pet-friendly cities named

Portland, Ore., tops the list of Best Places to Live with Pets, according to a new report from Livability.com.
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Oct 21, 2010
By dvm360.com staff

National Report — Portland, Oregon tops the list of Best Places to Live with Pets, according to a new report from Livability.com.

The cities on this list have pet-friendly parks and trails, quality veterinary care, active animal-welfare groups, as well as an abundance of pet boutiques and retail shops.

“But to make the list, these cities also had to offer an incredible quality of life for pet owners as well,” Livability reports in a prepared statement.

“According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), pet owners will spend over $47 billion on their pets in 2010,” says Livability.com spokesperson John Hood. “Obviously Americans take their pets seriously, and we’ve noticed a tremendous amount of interest in pet-related content. So our editors researched cities around the country and looked for cities that were both pet and people friendly. From quality healthcare and higher education to diverse job opportunities and active artistic and cultural scenes, these cities are some of the best places to work, live, play and own a pet in America.”

The top 10 cities include:

1. Portland, Ore.
2. Colorado Springs, Colo.
3. Rocky Mount, N.C.
4. Boulder, Colo.
5. Santa Cruz, Calif.
6. Eugene, Ore.
7. Asheville, N.C.
8. Albuquerque, N.M.
9. Nashville, Tenn.
10. Louisville, Ky.