Colorado ranks at the top in pet-friendly states alongside Maine, Virginia, Arizona, and Oklahoma. Filled with dog parks and pet-focused businesses, such as doggy daycare, puppy spas, and canine hotels, Colorado really knows how to socialize and spoil our furry friends. As developers build new communities and architects design new homes and businesses, our four-legged family members’ lifestyles are considered and planned for. “Puppers” are included in our everyday lives in Colorado. There isn’t a brewery that doesn’t allow the human and dog duo to enjoy a beer in each other’s company or a new community that doesn’t have a space for dogs to run and exercise.
Colorado’s outdoor lifestyle is a dog’s dream. As most Coloradans know, there is no better pair than you and a four-legged companion to joyfully lead the way on a Rocky Mountain hike. With endless trails, rivers, and lakes Colorado is heaven on earth for our residents and visitors.
These are a few reasons why Colorado is one of the best places for you and your dog, but there is so much more that goes into a state’s pet-friendly ranking than just dog parks to pet-friendly housing. Safewise sat down and looked at information from the Bureau of Labor, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and other online pet-related resources. They specifically looked for high-percentages of no-kill shelters, strict anti-cruelty laws, pet-friendly public areas like dog-friendly restaurants and off-leash dog parks, and housing restrictions to compile a list of the top 10 most dog-friendly states in the country. It is an honor to have Colorado be part of such a list. So, if dogs are part of your family or you simply want to be surrounded by them, Colorado is the state for you.