CINCY RANKS #1 PET-LOVING CITY IN THE U.S.

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Virginia might be for lovers.

But for pet lovers, Cincinnati is ranked #1 in the United States.

For the second year in a row, thank you very much.

Out of 100 of the nation’s largest cities.

So go give your pets some sugar, Cincinnatians.

The 2015 ranking is based “across 16 key metrics” by Wallet Hub, a financial website which describes itself as a “one-stop destination” to help consumers and small business owners make better money decisions.  In 2014, Cincinnati also came in first.

In WalletHub’s “2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Pet Lovers,”  Wallet Hub,  the website explained: “With current and aspiring pet parents in mind, Wallet Hub compared the creature-friendliness of the 100 largest U.S. cities across 16 key metrics.

About 79.7 million Americans own a pet, whose care costs between $235 to nearly $2,000 annually, according to the report.

“Our data set ranges from the minimum pet-care provider rate per visit to the number of pet businesses per capita,” according to the article.
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My Furry Valentine, Cincinnati’s largest pet adoption event, is just one of the many volunteer activities that support animal welfare. At the event it was love at first sight for John Thomas of Batavia, left, who adopted 96-pound Samantha, 5, an American Bulldog. At right, Amanda Cantrell, director of the Humane Society of Adams County, had fostered Samantha for two months. The event featured rescue exhibits from various breeds, such as the pictured Buckeye Bulldog Rescue.
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Cincinnati ranked #2 in the most-veterinarians-per-capita category.

Other metrics include average home square footage; number of animal shelters; pet-friendly trails; outdoor environment and amusement; and the number of pet businesses and caretakers.

WalletHub, launched in 2012, offers other lists, such as The Best and Worst Cities for Families; the Safest States to Live In; the Best and Worst Cities to Retire; and the Most and Least Educated Cities.”

In the top 10 of the best pet-loving cities for 2015, behind the illustrious Queen City, came St. Louis; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Tampa, Fla.; Richmond, Va.; Tulsa, Okla.; Las Vegas; Reno, Nev.; Boise City, Idaho; and Madison, Wis.

Ranking 91-98 as the worst cities for pet lovers are Philadelphia; Jacksonville, Fla.; Boston; Chicago; Jersey City, N.J.; Memphis, Tenn.; Detroit; and Santa Ana, Calif.
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Barbara Morgenstern

Barbara was born a pet lover. As a little girl she sneaked home a puppy from a litter across the street, named her Peppy, and fed her milk from her dolly’s baby bottle. Her parents could not say no, and Peppy became a member of the family for some 19 years.

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