Rhode Island a top 10 spot for pets and their owners

Rhode Island a top 10 spot for pets and their owners

Rhode Island is among the top spots to live — if you’re a pet.

Rhody ranked as the ninth most pet-friendly state in the nation according to the latest data provided through SafeWise, a national organization that provides home security and safety consultation and analysis. In fact, the state was one of three in New England to make it onto the list of top 10 states for pets.

The study looked at various factors including the number of veterinarians and other services per 1,000 residents, factors that directly impact animal safety including the number of shelters and no-kill facilities, animal cruelty laws and consequences, and travel amenities available including pet-friendly hotels, restaurants and more, the company said.

So what made Rhode Island so outstanding for pets? Its animal cruelty laws and abundance of healthy activity options including trails and beaches helped set it apart, according to SmartWise.

“Itty bitty Rhode Island has some of the best anti-cruelty laws in the country, coming in seventh in the nation for animal protection, and the best overall health and wellness factors for pets. Since Rhode Island is lined with pristine white beaches, it has designated 27 beaches and trails statewide as pet-friendly so that animals and their people can enjoy the outdoors together,” the company wrote.

Also making the top 10 list in 2017 was Massachusetts at seventh overall and Maine, which took the top overall spot. Massachusetts was recognized for its animal abuse protections and penalties, the company indicated, while numerous pet-friendly facilities including over 1,000 hotels and numerous no-kill shelters helped Maine to grab the top ranking.

For a complete list of pet-friendly states, visit safewise.com/blog/safest-states-pets.

– Jason Vallee

Pet-Friendly Findings

Research provided an interesting look at unique and different ways that some states are making their communities more pet-friendly.

■Vermont has the most veterinarians per 1,000 residents.■Vermont, Maine, Wyoming, Montana and New Hampshire should be the top travel destinations for people looking for hotels allowing animals.■Hawaii has the highest percent of no-kill shelters in the nation at 61 percent, compared to the fact that only 25 percent of the entire nation’s animal shelters are no kill.■Nine of the 50 U.S. states are free of any city-imposed dog breed restrictions. The states without dog breed restrictions are Maine, Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, and Virginia.■On average, there are 0.0244 dog parks per 1,000 residents in the United States.■The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that only eight states have registered dog breeders.

Source: SafeWise

– Jason Vallee


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