The study, conducted in the United States in November 2020, analyzed internal data and lifestyle factors, such as pet expenses and spend, the amount of pet shelters or adoption centers, social media usage about pets, and more to determine which states are best for pets to call home. Joy Organics also created this interactive tool, which allows users to input their state and see how it ranks against others as the best state for pets.
Key findings from the study:
According to the American Pet Products Association, 2020 was been a banner year for pets and the pet industry, with overall annual spend within the industry surging to a record-breaking $100 billion this year. Continued stay-at-home orders due to the pandemic also contributed to a record-breaking year for pet and puppy adoptions or purchases in 2020, which is expected to rise in 2021.
According to pet-friendly travel service, PetJets, 53% of travellers take holidays with their pets. Given domestic travel and traveling in pods with your pets and families is already on this rise in 2021, we also created a list of the top pet-friendly restaurants and hotels in California, Oregon, and South Carolina—as they have the most pet-friendly hotels & eateries per 100,000 residents.
Oregon (Bend, Oregon hosts an annual Pet Parade on Fourth of July, inviting all kinds of pets—dogs, cats, rabbits, lizards, and even stuffed animals—to parade through downtown):
Visit here to use Joy Organics’ interactive tool. You can select which state you live in and see how it ranks for pets against others, as well as use the interactive tables to compare what states spend on pets, which state has the most pet-friendly restaurants, how often they post about their pets on social media, and more.
By Lindsay Beaton
This country is straddling the line between developing and developed as more of its citizens see the value in pet ownership.
By Lindsay Beaton