Th­ese S. Florida cities are tops for pet lovers, study says

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach (Sunday) - - Books - By Johnny Diaz

What makes a top pet city?

For its new­est rank­ings of best cities for pet lovers, Apart­ment Guide looked at ar­eas that had more than 100,000 res­i­dents and con­sid­ered the num­ber of pet sup­ply stores, vets and train­ing and groom­ing out­lets and at­trac­tions per res­i­dent.

Sev­eral South Florida cities ranked high on the na­tional list.

Mi­ami placed sev­enth, West Palm Beach came in at No. 12, and Fort Lau- derdale was No. 19. The guide con­sid­ered all pets “with a spe­cial em­pha­sis on ser­vices and busi­nesses for dogs and cats.”

Greater Mi­ami was touted for its dog-friendly beaches (South Beach for ex­am­ple), chain of Pet Su­per­mar­ket stores, about 127 parks and 96 vets.

“You can even walk your pup on the scenic Mi­ami Beach Board­walk, though they can only sink their paws into the South Beach sand around sun­down,” reads the re­port, which also high­lighted the num­ber of pet-friendly res­i­den­tial build­ings.

Mi­ami had one pe­tre­lated busi­ness or at­trac­tion per 1,200 res­i­dents, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Al­though the study didn’t fur­ther break down why West Palm and Fort Laud­erdale were great places for pet lovers, it did cite that West Palm Beach had one pet busi­ness per 1,297 res­i­dents, while Fort Laud­erdale had one per 1,488 res­i­dents.

Knoxville, Ten­nessee, came in as the No. 1 city for pet lovers, fol­lowed by Day­ton, Ohio, Wilmington, North Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina and Or­lando.

JIM RASSOL/SUN SEN­TINEL

Hun­dreds of dogs of all shapes and sizes par­tic­i­pated in the Wag­gin’ at the Water­park event held at Ca­lypso Bay Water­park in Royal Palm Beach on Oct. 20.

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