St. Louis is the 9th Best Place in America to Own a Dog

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Good news, Fido! St. Louis is a top ten city for dogs.
St. Louis is for the dogs.

A new study from the personal finance site Nerd Wallet says St. Louis is the ninth best city in America for dogs and their owners.

A city needs to be more than just affordable and walkable to qualify as a top city for man & woman's best friend, says Nerd Wallet analyst Sreekar Jasthi. Dogs also need opportunities to play and be social.

See also: The Best Dog-Friendly Restaurant Patios in St. Louis

Jasthi ranked the 95 largest cities in the U.S. according to three factors: the number of off-leash dog parks per 100,000 residents, the average cost of a trip to the veterinarian and the walkability of the city.

St. Louis ranked above No. 10 Long Beach, California, where taking your dog to the vet costs $7 more on average, and below No. 8 Milwaukee, which has it's own annual festival for dogs called Barktoberfest.

Nerd Wallet named Portland, Oregon, the top spot for dogs and their owners for the second year in a row.

Jasthi calls out local groups for making St. Louis a better place for four-legged friends: Nestle Purina PetCare Company, which actively promotes animal welfare and local pet ownership, is headquartered in Mound City and sponsors the annual pet parade. Stray Rescue of St. Louis rescues abandoned, neglected, sick or abused dogs and finds them adoptive families.

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Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

I agree with this Lots of dog friendly parks

Josh Hall
Josh Hall

One of the worst places where owners don't pick up their dog's shit afterwards too!!!!

Aubrey L. Cox
Aubrey L. Cox

Flip side, top ten city for inconsiderate neighbors!!

Josh Revelle
Josh Revelle

Except for the face that hardly anybody in the city likes to socialize their dog. Most people literally cross the street with their dog to avoid dogs meeting.

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

Too many dogs in StL, not enough people cleaning up the waste... it all ends up in our water supply. Not to mention people feel entitled to allow their dog to bark when they are not home... and they own a large dog in apartment buildings and leave them alone all the time... I think a lot of people should rethink dog ownership... it's a living animal, not a toy... dogs have needs...


@Beggin also = most literate city in the USA, which is probably why you speak so well beyond "Ruff!" That, or you're really Wishbone.

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