Miami Ranked the Best City to Be a Dog in the U.S.

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Ciara LaVelle
Just another dog day afternoon in Miami.
On the surface, dogs don't need much in life: food, water, shelter, the occasional scratch behind the ear. But ask any canine companion, and they'll tell you that some places are better than others. (They'll tell you this in barks, whines, and leg-humps; it's up to you to translate.)

And when it comes to dog-friendly cities, Miami tops the list. The social media site MyLife.com recently ranked Miami as the #1 best city to be a dog.

The study took into account a number of factors that affect a dog's life: number of pet supply shops, veterinarians, and dog parks per capita; number of sunny days per year; and a city's "walk score," or how easy it is for people to stroll around. According to the author of the post, a pup named Porkchop (no, really), here's what set Miami apart from the rest:

I love the idea of living somewhere nice and tropical. I wouldn't even need sunscreen. In looking beyond the sand and palm trees, the city proved to care about us canine creatures. They ranked first in pet stores per capita, and tenth in the walk score category.

Orlando ranked at a solid number five, for its second-place rankings in the pet stores and veterinarians categories. Tampa also represents Florida on the list, with the third most pet stores and fifth most vets.

It's hard to argue that most dogs have it pretty great here in Miami, where the dog owner community makes up a sizable portion of the population; local legislation, like North Miami Beach's recently passed ban on stores selling commercially bred pets, reflects their views.

But there is one area of research that might have knocked Miami from its number one spot: overcrowding at its shelters, leading to increased kill rates. Last year, Miami-Dade Animal Services shelters reported kill rates of 20 percent and higher.

So yeah, it's great to be a dog in Miami -- as long as you're a dog who has a person.

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dogmatchmakers
dogmatchmakers

There are so many abandon dogs in the Everglades! 

mistyredgirl
mistyredgirl

Oh yes, Miami is great for dogs. It worked out perfectly for these guys and the 1,000's killed at MDAS, dumped and left for dead, or abused.  https://www.facebook.com/urgentdogsofmiami/photos/a.212733878761023.62878.191859757515102/784464951587910/?type=1&theater or how about the ones that look like this when they come into MDAS because of their uneducated and uncaring family: https://www.facebook.com/urgentdogsofmiami/photos/a.784312104936528.1073741981.191859757515102/782712931763112/?type=1&theater that is bleach btw, the owner thought it would fix this poor girl's skin condition. Drive around Little Haiti for 20 minutes tell me how wonderful it is to be a dog there.  Ask Mylife if they have ever seen Miami from anywhere other than South Beach.  Oh and forget being a Pit or Pit mix, you are not even allowed in Dade County.  

suthmalone
suthmalone

are you kidding me??????? Miami Dade County has Breed Specific Laws in the books? I don't care how many parks or beaches they have...it is a discriminatory county for dogs.

Jennifer Reyes
Jennifer Reyes

Austin is the best place. Dogs are loved and welcomed everywhere. Lots of dog parks and lakes for them to play in

Jeremy Kozyak
Jeremy Kozyak

Unfortunately a lot of condos have changed pet policies only allowing owners to have a dog. Those who rent are out of luck and blocked out of many living options.

Holly Ramsey Winter
Holly Ramsey Winter

I work on south beach and have to live in broward because these "dog lovers" in Miami think my pittie mix is the devil. We rescued him 3 years ago while living in Chicago. He was left to die like all of the bully breeds are now at Miami Dade animal services.

Amanda Schwank
Amanda Schwank

Yeah, unless of course the dog is a "pitbull" or fits into any of the vague categories under the bullshit Breed Specific Law allowing Dade county to euthanize or remove any dog with those characteristics. What a stupid article.

Joanna Liao
Joanna Liao

Really? Miami Dade Animal Shelter is overflowing with dogs and is an extremely high kill shelter. The dogs live in awful conditions and are, a lot of them, owner surrenders. Stupid and careless people who buy cute looking puppies and then get tired of them or give pathetic excuses like "I developed allergies" or "the place I'm moving to doesn't allow pets" or " I had a baby and no longer have time". To top it off, there's the healthy amount of irresponsible idiots who refuse to spay or neuter their dogs, hence contributing to the overpopulation. Such crap.

Manchas Zeblulu Sahtiba
Manchas Zeblulu Sahtiba

Toatally disagree, it actually sucks. Been here for a year and when one move from a city like charleston, SC with lots of places with exterior decks, ice water bowls and even a menu for dogs.

Andrena Dimitrijevic-Realtor
Andrena Dimitrijevic-Realtor

I love dogs but have three issues with their owners: 1. Do not bring your dog in a grocery store! (Most folks really don't have a "service dog" permit. 2. Clean up your dogs waste! I rarely ever see owners/walkers cleaning up afterwards. Its not sanitary for ALL of us! 3. Your dog ( most dogs) has 4 legs! Let him/her exercise instead of sitting in a baby carriage. If you want a baby, go adopt one!

Yamila Bas
Yamila Bas

I can't understand how you keep posting this, maybe you should visit https://m.facebook.com/urgentdogsofmiami Facebook page to see how many dogs are being killed every day at the miami-dade Animal services every day. If Miami New Times cares about our community they should have refuted mylife.com instead agreeing with them.

Adam Rz
Adam Rz

But terrible for everyday middle and working class people

David Lizama
David Lizama

yet the miami dade county shelter has one of the highest kill rates of the country. smh. Adopt, dont buy

Yamila Bas
Yamila Bas

You have no clue on what's going in the miami shelters, the kill rate is much higher than 20%, is 30%, do you know how many dogs a week? Hundreds!! But it sure does sound better to say 20% or higher, get grip of reality please!!

Danny Cespedes
Danny Cespedes

Have you not seen how many abused dogs go into Miami-Dade Animal Shelter? Ridiculous.

marcelagb33
marcelagb33

PLUS all the PUPPY STORES !!!! especially along Bird Rd, there are so many !! I've visited a couple to report to the ASPCA website, heartbreaking, all puppies clearly from puppy mills "up north", they say "breeders", we know better. Miami is NOT a dog friendly city, there are little spots like Coconut Grove, but in general it is VERY unfriendly and heartless. 

Jose Jacho
Jose Jacho

best place to be an "Indiana Pacer" what?

marcelagb33
marcelagb33

This is simply NOT true. As a dog owner I find it VERY HARD to have an off-leash place in the city where to take my dog, within a reasonable distance from my house. There is a wonderful park in Coral Gables that could be perfectly well used as an off leash place and leash laws are inforced for just a  handful of dog owners, not too many people go there. And then you have Miami Dade Animal Services !! they euthanize 20,000 dogs and cats per year !! Give me a break, the person who wrote this has very little idea what she is talking about. 

Abby Drake
Abby Drake

I hope the rest of the country follows suit by banning pet stores or at least the rampant problem of puppy mills for profit

Jenny Lee
Jenny Lee

I heard the animal shelters in miami are some of the worst in the us. They also give bully breed dogs less than 72 hours before they are put to sleep. Who the hell cares how many pet shops there are when dogs are being abused or put to sleep on a daily basis

Jaime Brunner
Jaime Brunner

Mdas is the worst though... And don't forget all the abandoned dogs in homestead and gazillions of strays - I'm sure they all love it here

marcelagb33
marcelagb33

That's TRUE !! I live in Miami, I volunteer at a Rescue that pulls dogs from Miami Dade Animal Services. It's a SHAME of a place.

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