Pet owners are making relocation decisions with their pets’ best interests in mind.

Dogs & Cats Matter

More than 23 million households added a dog and/or a cat during the first year of the pandemic, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Not only are those newly adopted dogs and cats pulling the guilt strings of their owners if/when those owners are being asked/required to return to offices for work, those dogs and cats are affecting housing decisions for pet owners wanting to relocate.


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One survey done in March by Rover, a pet services firm, found 72% of the 1,000 dog owners surveyed would consider moving to a house better suited to their dog’s needs.  61% cited their dog’s “well-being” as their catalyst to move.

Another recent collaborative analysis done by Zillow and Rover found that many dog owners are looking for areas that are more conducive to their dogs’ needs.  Zillow contributed its single-family home rentals identified as “pet friendly” from March 2021 – March 2022 and Rover contributed its “dog accounts” from June 2021 to March 2022.

Top Pet Friendly Midsize Cities & Suburbs

Note that big cities were not included in this Zillow/Rover analysis, likely because “adequate accommodations” for pets were insufficient.

  1. Antioch TN – neighborhood in South Nashville anchored by creekside park
  2. Baltimore MD
  3. Alexandria VA
  4. Fuquay-Varina NC
  5. Kansas City KS
  6. Cumming GA
  7. Bellevue WA
  8. Fort Lauderdale FL
  9. Palo Alto CA
  10. Charleston SC

Kate Jaffee, a trends expert at Rover, said, “Pet parents tell us their biggest motivator for moving is more space.  The cities with more homes that have pet-friendly features like fenced yards, dog doors and close proximity to a dog part are going to be popular with pet parents right now.”

Thanks to Rover, Zillow and The New York Times.

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