Charlotte Is Now Ranked The 10th Least Pet-Friendly City in America


no-dogs-in-charlotte-breweriesIn spite of Charlotte’s multiple dog bars, dog spas, and dog parks, we’re still lacking way behind most other cities when it comes to pet amenities, veterinary costs, animal shelters, and walkability.

With National Homeless Animals Day approaching, WalletHub decided to take an in-depth look at 2017’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities in America.

Analysts compared the creature-friendliness of the 100 largest cities across 21 key metrics. The data set ranges from minimum pet-care provider rate per visit to pet businesses per capita to walkability.

Here’s how Charlotte stacked up in each category (1=Most Pet-Friendly; 50=Avg.):

  • 89th – Veterinary Care Costs
  • 41st – Veterinarians per Capita
  • 28th – Pet Businesses per Capita
  • 51st – % of Pet-Friendly Hotels
  • 44th – Dog Parks per Capita
  • 98th – Walk Score
  • 82nd – Animal Shelters per Capita
  • 47th – Pet Caretakers per Capita

The Queen City was ranked #91 out of 100, just behind Reno, NV (#86), Jersey City (#87), Detroit (#88), Norfolk, VA (#89), and Milwaukee, WI (#91). To add insult to injury, Charlotte was also recently ranked among the worst cities in America for postal worker dog attacks.

Here’s where every large city in the country lands in terms of pet friendliness;

You can read the full report here on

What do you think Charlotte should do first to improve the lives of its pet owners?